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OU Art Museum exhibit on Native American Robert Taylor’s works

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NORMAN, Okla. -- The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art opens a new exhibition on the contemporary painter Robert Taylor with a public reception on Oct. 5. The public lecture will start at 7 p.m. at the Fred Jones Auditorium followed by a reception accompanied with hors-d'oeuvre at 8 p.m. in the Sandy Bell Gallery.

The based Tulsa artist Taylor is the sixth guest artists in the university’s Jerome M. Westheimer, Sr. and Wanda Otey Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair program.

“The Jerome M. Westheimer, Sr. and Wanda Otey Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist program provides the opportunity for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art to exhibit the work of a contemporary artist of significant merit,” said Mark White, the museum’s Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director.

Taylor will also lead a complementary gallery talk at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6.

Over 60 paintings (from the 80s to 2017) of the Distinguished Visiting Artist: Robert Taylor are on display through Dec. 30, in the museum’s Nancy Johnston Records Gallery.

Taylor, 66, a self-taught artist started pursuing art after going out of the Navy in 1972. His style is a mix of various influences such as Surrealism and Magic Realism. Taylor’s arts have been displayed and awarded in numerous festivals at national and international levels such as among other the Red Earth Festival and the Smithsonian Institution.

Taylor said to Red Dirt Report that his inspiration comes mainly by listening music that gives him emotions and then transforms it into images. He added to make a lot of research to complete his historical paintings that are often combining various different cultures and religions. Taylor’s works focus mainly on the Native American life at the end of the reservation era in the late 19th century.

 “We are all one tribe with different clans,” Taylor said.

Symbolism is an integral part of his arts using among other images of butterflies, feathers, skulls and rainbows.

“It helps with the vocabulary in your paintings and gives you another symbol of sorts to guide [viewers] around to what you’re trying to talk about,” Taylor said. “And you hope when you pull it out that people can understand what you to say.”

Artist Taylor will also provide classes to students of OU School of Visual Arts to talk about the financial part of an artist career saying, “It is a strange business and it is not like any other I have been doing.”

In response to, does there are criteria to become an artist, Taylor said, “Wherever your passion is, it is your art.”

In addition to OU Art Museum, some of Taylor’s works are on display in other locations such as OU Health Sciences Center’s Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library and throughout OU Norman campus.

For more information about the Distinguished Visiting Artist: Robert Taylor event goes on Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s website.

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