Richard Taylor

My work allows the cadences, rhythms and syncopations of music and poetry to find themselves in visual expressions in paint, metal and space. I distill my emotional history with my daily perceptions to create two- and three-dimensional statements which speak of my walk through life.

My larger-scale works often embody their musical and poetic roots in an overtly gestural sense. Through them, I hope to convey layers of emotion reflecting sensations I have experienced through a specific poem or piece of music along parallels of these sensations from my life.

My painted steel wall-sculptures are inner-looking meditations on places I have traveled to or in which I have lived. They are somewhere between painting and sculpture. Time plays an essential part in these works, as they are not so much about the details of the past, as they are about the essence of the more broadly defined persisting memories. Their relatively small sizes reflect a less public, more intimate notion of communication than my larger pieces of sculpture.

In my series of paintings on metal I address the questions and observations of the traveler. I use a language of found objects as milestones in my travels both near and far. These found objects also serve as metaphors for the travel of the collective spirit.

MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM)
Part-time studies, fine arts, San Diego Mesa College; San Diego City College; University of California at San Diego
DDS, Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, WI
BA, Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Self-employed artist
2011-14 Adjunct instructor, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
1987-99 Artist-in-residence, Quad/Graphics, Pewaukee, WI (part-time)
1976-78 Saxophonist, Jose Martinez Orchestra

Tory Folliard Gallery, Miwaukee, WI; group show; Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA; group show; James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; group show
Sculpturesite Gallery, Sonoma, CA; group show; Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; group show
Wisconsin Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art, group show; Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI; 3 person show
”Out of the Suitcase”, MIAD; group show; Coral Gables Museum, group show; Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA; solo show
Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK; group show; Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA; group show; Paine Museum of Art, Oshkosh, WI; 2 person show; Miller Art Center, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Focus on Color, group show; Cardinal Stritch University, Glendale, WI; group show; Universtiy of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Continuum 2012, group show
OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY; solo show; Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA; group show; Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; group show; Art in Public Places Sculpture Exhibition; Stamford, CT
KH Gallery, Chicago, IL; 2 person show; Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; group show
University of New England - Portland Campus; group show; Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; “Off the Wall”, solo show; Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA; Group show, Works on Paper; Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI
SOPA Gallery, Kelowna, BC, Canada; 3 person show; Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Anniversary Show; group show; Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2-person show; Wisconsin Museum of Art, West Bend, WI; solo show
OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY, solo show; Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; 2 person show; MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design), group show
Kajima Sculpture Awards Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan; group show; Fresh Paint, Los Angeles, California; group show; Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL; 2-person show; Continuum 5; Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Inova, group show
Paint on Metal, Tucson Art Museum, group show; Cardinal Stritch University, Glendale, WI; solo show
Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI; solo show; Luckystar Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; group show
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL; group show; Waukesha Civic Theater, Waukesha, WI; 2-person show; Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI, group show; 3rd Ward Sculpture Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI
Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, group show; West Bend Art Museum, WI; group show; Wisconsin Presents, Wisconsin Lutheran College, group show; Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, group show
OK Harris Works of Art, NY, NY, solo show; Mad River, San Francisco, group show; Ira Pinto Gallery, Washington DC, group show;l Navy Pier Sculpture Exhibition, Chicago, IL, curated by Dave Hickey
Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA, group show; Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, group show; Europa Gallery, Hannover, Germany, group show; Nortel Networks Gallery, Santa Clara, CA, solo show; West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, WI, featured outdoor sculpture
Pier Walk 2000 Sculpture Exhibition, Chicago, IL; Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL, group show ; Woodlot Gallery, Sheboygan, WI, group show
DeLind Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, group show
Beyond the Object: Public Art, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, group show
La Galleria Del Conte, Milwaukee, WI, group show
Master’s Thesis Show, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Aristoi Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, solo show
UWM Union Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, “Really Big Shoe”
San Diego Art Institute, group show


550 Washington Building, Chicago, IL
All Saints Hospital, Racine, WI
Allen Bradley Corp., Milwaukee, WI
Blettner Building, Madison, WI
Children’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
Curative Rehabilitation, Milwaukee,WI
Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee, WI
Esker Hall, UW-Whitewater, % for Art Commission
Flad Architects, Madison, WI
Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
General Electric Medical Systems, Pewaukee, WI
Guaranty Bank, Milwaukee, WI
SC Johnson Co., Racine, WI
Kaiser Hospitals, CA
Marnell Corrao, Shreveport, LA
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Public Central Library
Mc Kinley Marina, Milwaukee County
Quad/Graphics, Pewaukee, WI; Sussex, WI; Lomira, WI; The Rock, GA; Saratoga Springs, NY
Rockwell International, Milwaukee, WI
Ruud Lighting, Racine, WI
St. Lukes Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Santa Clara, CA
Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Modesto, CA
U.S. Robotics, Chicago, IL
Virchow Krause, Madison, WI
Valley Center Hospital, Santa Clara, CA

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Nieman Marcus
General Electric Medical Systems
Rockwell International
Rouse Properties, NY, NY
Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
Koehler Winery, Santa Barbara, CA
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

City of Beaverton, OR
City of East Lansing, MI
City of Skokie, IL
City of Dowagiac, MI
City of Wauwatosa, WI
City of Mount Vernon, IL
City of Green Bay, WI / Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council
City of Waukesha, WI; Transit Center
City of Atlanta, GA; Hardy Ivy Park
City of Beaverton, OR; City Park
Universty of Wisconsin, Parkside
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, WI
State of Louisiana, LaSalle Building, Baton Rouge, LA


“Paint on Metal”, Tucson Museum of Art, 2005
“Navy Pier Walk”, Chicago Navy Pier Sculpture Exhibition, 2002

Artist of the Year, 2011; Milwaukee Arts Board
Louis Weinberg Sculpture Competition Winner, Skokie Sculpture Park, Skokie, IL; 2011
Semi-finalist, Kajima Sculpture Competition, Tokyo, Japan 2005

Alzheimers Fund, Milwaukee, WI
SRAM Bikes for Africa, New York, NY
AIDS Auction Milwaukee
Art Pop, Art for AIDS, Milwaukee, WI
Oshkosh Nutcracker Fund, Oshkosh, WI
Madison Youth Symphony, Madison, WI
Team Connor Childhood Cancer Foundation, Dallas, TX
MIAD Scholarship Fund, Milwaukee, WI