ARTIST TIFFANI TAYLOR
"My Art is my Life, my Life is my Art"
I am a self-described humanist and painter; I stem from a family of poets and lovers of the Divinity in Nature. I was born and raised in Utah. My mom and grandparents taught me to seek the beauty of nature from an early age. While camping in the mountains, my grandmother and I picked wildflower bouquets and she'd point out the brilliantly red Indian paint brush, the delicate billows of the dandelion, and the hummingbirds that touched her heart. In 1998, at the age of seventeen, I flew to Savannah, Georgia on a much appreciated Presidential Scholarship to attend world renowned Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to study painting in their liberal arts program. While studying at SCAD, I formed my own business by my third year of College. I painted murals and pottery, was commissioned by the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida to create a Pottery Collection inspired by his surrealistic paintings.
My Masters of Art, in Art History, was completed in 2003 with a Fellowship for Artistic and Scholastic Achievement. I continued to build my business during this time, painting murals, pottery, and paintings for Collectors globally. I have licensed Artwork to Henri Bendels in New York City. Philanthropic by nature, I am especially fond of supporting Safe Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Rape Crisis Center amongst many many foundations and causes dear to my heart. I am honored to call the city of Savannah home and continue to build my relationship with my SCAD family and alma mater, especially with the Tiffani Taylor Painting Scholarship. I am the Steward of the Scholarship, which was established by dear friends and family: Daniel Hirsch and Angella Rupelli. Please view the Scholarship to meet our current and past recipients.
In 2011, I opened the Tiffani Taylor Gallery in historic downtown Savannah. I do not take for granted how Blessed I am to own a Gallery in the most beautiful city I have ever seen, with a Tribe of friends, family and patrons who support my Artistic endeavors and visions. God is great and I hope to inspire and lift with my Art. It is not just beauty for the sake of beauty, but a visual description of life's Journey and the seeking of light despite darkness and adversity.
I very humbly, and with gratitude, graduated Valedictorian of the SCAD 2002 Class. That evening, I had my first solo Art Exhibition and was graced with the presence of Gregory Hines, André Leon Talley, and many friends, family and patrons from my home in Utah to universal Collectors.
Nature is a cathedral where Divinity speaks in moments of beauty and inspiration.
Tiffani Taylor transforms these moments into rich, textured paintings and original pottery. Lush and vibrant, Tiffani’s art is a tribute to things the eye cannot see: the journey of life; inner beauty; feelings of gratitude, reverence, and appreciation.
Her paintings and pottery are inspired by nature and travel, particularly to Paris and Italy. They are a portrayal of her deep emotion in moments of beauty: sketching dancing red poppies while growing up in Utah; studying red cardinals outside her window at home in Savannah; viewing the Sistine Chapel; and stumbling upon an explosion of color at flower markets in Rome.
She begins each canvas with a foundation of base materials. She adds layer upon layer, taking the canvas into nature with each addition. Antique sheet music, handwritten recipe cards, ancient maps, notes, or poetry harmonize with marks left by blowing leaves or a spray of soil. The mixture is indicative of life, the delightful in harmony with the difficult, one tempering the other. Acrylic and Payne’s Gray paints create areas of light and dark. Gold leaf expresses gratitude for “the magic hour,” the moment in time when nature’s splendor fills all awareness. These paintings and pottery are a material tribute to radiance that lies beneath the external – beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Tiffani’s work is shown in galleries internationally, including the Dali Museum. In addition, it is included in the collections of Vogue Editor-at-Large André Leon Talley, celebrated designer Diane von Furstenberg, Oprah Winfrey, Savannah College of Art and Design President Paula Wallace, Philanthropy Legend and Museum Board Member of Arts and Design in New York: Barbara Tober, Hilton Savannah Desoto and Memorial Hospital.
From SCAD President Paula Wallace
Tiffani Taylor has perfected the art of living fully, joyfully, and expectantly. Like the wildflower – one of her most beloved subjects – Tiffani possesses deep soul-roots, which enable her to flourish whether in times of austerity or plenty. As a child, Tiffani had few material possessions, but she owned everything that may be seen through the eyes of an aesthete. Surrounded by a family of wordsmiths and beauty-lovers, it was her grandmother who first taught her to mine the visual world with observant eyes. In her childhood home of Ogden, Utah, Tiffani experienced a treasure trove of untrammeled nature. Empresses could not have derived more pleasure from their strands of rubies than Tiffani did from her field of poppies, which continue to color her vibrant work.
As a child, Tiffani possessed extraordinary self-discipline, a trait that characterizes her work to this day. Since the tender age of two, Tiffani has not stopped creating; at sixteen, she vowed to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) – a feat she accomplished several years later, supported by the SCAD Presidential Scholarship. By her junior year at SCAD, Tiffani had formed her own business, buoyed by her exuberant art and entrepreneurial spirit. Today, Tiffani is a gallery owner, and the benefactor of deserving SCAD students whom she mentors and supports through the Tiffani Taylor Scholarship Fund.
Whether figurative or literal, there is a multidimensional quality to all of Tiffani’s work. Often, a musical score will peep through a splash of paint, a line of poetry will be interwoven with the images, or a playful glimmer of gold will dance across the surface of the canvas. May the sweet spirit of Tiffani Taylor continue to contribute to the joie de vivre of others.
President and Cofounder of Savannah College of Art and Design