We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Montague and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taylor, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from Orange County, California. Raised mostly in Huntington Beach. I am part of a large, supportive, loving family; with two fantastic parents who gave me twenty three pairs of chromosomes and three inspiring brothers. I credit my upbringing and any skills I developed early on in life, to having to keep up with strong, intelligent people who pushed me to work harder. As well as a handful of creative and extremely talented friends. When I decided to focus on art and painting in particular, I had a wonderful matrix of minds to bounce ideas off of and gain insight from. Along with my personal background, I’ve spent the past twenty years applying myself to studying the practice and history of art. How pictures are made, and the way they memorialize the flow of time and capture fixed places within our experience of life, points to the importance pictures play on history… I think there is no better way to acknowledge and participate in the history that we are living through than to create art. I am grateful for my history and for the people who continue to help shape me.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My paintings depict coastal suburban spaces that are both familiar and strange to me. I call them ‘Oblique Views of Suburbia’. Technically they hinge between gestural indication and representational specificity. Conceptually they aim to defamiliarize particularly common places, without losing any of their unassuming qualities. The act of viewing the work—the moments of durational unfolding in which the viewer finds themself… assimilating the spatial arrangements and color passages therein—is as much a part of the aesthetic intention as the viewer’s acceptance of the painting as a final image. My ultimate goal is to create paintings that allow people to reflect for a while on things that are often overlooked.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The beach is always an interesting place to me. I feel lucky to live by the coast. There are so many great miracles occurring in the ocean all the time that we can’t replicate on dry land. I get a lot of inspiration and energy from spending time in the ocean, and a lot of good food from Fiesta Grill in Huntington Beach.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to take the time to recognize Angel Montague, my amazing wife and the mother of our two children. Angel is the hardest working and most dedicated person I know. She is a healer, yoga instructor and reiki master. She is the creator of Sun & Sea Healing, which is committed to bringing healing to individuals through mindfulness, yoga and reiki practices. Angel can be found at https://sunandseayoga.com/ or yogangelm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.taylormontague.org/
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