Grammy-nominated award winning Gary Taxali debuts his first UK solo show, “My Feelings Like You” at The Outsiders run by Steve Lazarides. The show runs from May 4th to June 2nd, 2012 with an exclusive invite-only private preview on Thursday May 3rd from 6 to 9 pm.
Gary’s trademark style posseses a nostalgic feel with a modern sensibility traditionally described as pop art but is actually a reinvention and reimagination of pop art blending low brow with fine art. Gary is influenced by art, typography, iconography and popular culture from the 1930s. Gary uses oils and a variety of techniques including screenprinting, drawings, inks, pencil, stamps, etchings, marks and various unlikely surfaces such as old books covers and other canvases that are “accidentally beautiful”. In My Feelings Like You, Gary will be including one of his largest pieces at 152 x 203 cm.
Gary released two art monographs entitled, “I Love You, Ok?” published by teNeues and “Mono Taxali“ published by 27_9 in Fall 2011. This year, Gary collaborated with the Royal Canadian Mint to release a set of six gift coins set for birthday, wedding, O Canada, new baby, tooth fairy and holiday (to be released later this year). You can see them here and on the Royal Canadian Mint’s website. Gary was also appointed to the Stamp Advisory Committee for Canada Post commencing January 2012 for a three year term.
Shepherd Fairey “one of those rare artists whose work is immediately inviting and familiar, yet idiosyncratic and unmistakable.”
Steve Heller (former art director of the NY Times) “Gary Taxali visually blends now with then. His style is repurposes with the goal of communicating the ironies and comical essence of popular culture. His work is at once alluring and endearing. Aesthetically the work oozes nostalgic charm, but more vitally it offers hearfelt succour for the average ent and women of the 21st century.”
The Globe and Mail (Canadian national paper) describes Gary’s artwork as “cooler-than-cool … his voluminous and multifaceted output as instantly recognizable as that of Keith Haring.”
For more information on Gary Taxali, to obtain a press package or to attend the preview launch on May 3rd at The Outsiders, contact Vandana Taxali at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 865-0800. The Outsiders is located at 8 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DG +44(0)203 214 0055/66.
About the Artist
Gary Taxali An eminent contemporary artist known internationally, Gary Taxali has won over 500 industry awards including a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his work with musician Aimee Man, and also shortlisted for a Cannes Lion. He has exhibited at The Andy Warhol Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum to name but a few. A Canadian national based in Toronto, in January 2012 five coins designed by Gary were released by the Canadian Mint. Gary also sits on the Canada Postal Stamp Advisory Board, a personal favourite given his love of everyday design. Media clients include The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone and McSweeney’s; commercial clients Levi’s, Sony, and Coca-Cola. See www.garytaxali.com, www.taxali.com and www.taxalionline.com/blog for more info.
The Outsiders Galleries, Newcastle and London
Re-launching the first ever Lazarides gallery spaces under a new heading in July 2010, The Outsiders sells affordable originals, prints, collectibles and books from the Lazarides stable of artists and more. Each of the galleries features project spaces showcasing works from new and emerging talents, as well as offering established Lazarides artists a space to present experimental shows. Space is also given over to an ambitious release schedule of editioned works.
These small run editions, hand finished prints, and works on paper are produced in our own Wapping studio, Execution Dock. The book Outsiders is out now published by Thames & Hudson and the organisation is featured in Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. Incorporating the online store www.theoutsiders.net and the spaces on London’s Greek Street and in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, The Outsiders welcomes over ten thousand visitors annually.
Lazarides Inc is one of the world’s most influential galleries, with three permanent spaces and extensive high profile off-site activity. The group is dedicated to emerging international artists who defy categorisation, often existing outside of conventional artistic career structures. This vision has resonated with the general public and major collectors alike.
Founded in 2006 by Steve Lazarides, the group represents some of the most exciting and innovative artists working today including Antony Micallef, David Choe, JR, Vhils, Faile, Jonathan Yeo, Charlie Isoe, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, Stanley Donwood, 3D, Invader, Zevs, Mode 2, Todd James /Reas, Blu, Paul Insect and BÄST.
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