Nathan Jalani Taylor is a visual artist, painter, graphic designer and art director. Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, Taylor showed talent and passion for the arts at an early age. At age 15 he was the youngest published cartoonist for the Rockford Register Star. His first formal education in painting began at Rockford Auburn High School in the CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) program. A decade later several of his large paintings still hang in the school and the pieces have become part of the school’s tradition. He earned a Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Iowa State University, and received an award for Design Excellence for co-founding The Black Renaissance Movement and Uhuru Magazine. Taylor went on to work as an art designer for several major magazines and record labels. His considerable portfolio is filled with pieces that have been shown in major outlets, such as Essence, Elle Magazine and at Red Stripe’s Tribeca Film Festival. He worked as a designer for Essence Magazine.
This exemplary artist walks the talk and lives his passion. Taylor creates images that resonate in the mind, body, and soul, surrounded by kaleidoscopic rays of colours. His vibrant flow of figures, form, and colours, emits excitement, energy and spirituality. Indeed, Taylor’s expressive semi-abstract works speaks to contemporary life with a human feeling. The power of his art work has been established through this mix of human emotion and artistic gift.
Taylor is a very productive artist and has participated in many exhibitions in New York City. He also tours as a live painter with prominent musicians such as Kelly Price. Furthermore, Taylor was one of eleven artist selected to be featured in Verizon Wireless “How Sweet The Sound” Gospel/Art Concert Series. He currently works and resides in the big apple, New York City.
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