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Bio | Kāryn Taylor


Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Kāryn Taylor

Kāryn Taylor in her studio

Born 1969, Ōtepoti, Dunedin

Lives and works in Aotearoa, New Zealand


In her large-scale installations and wall-based works, Kāryn Taylor manipulates light, form and shadow to challenge perception. Informed by geometric abstraction and the concepts of metaphysics (concerning the existence and nature of things) and quantum physics (concerning the behaviour of matter and energy), Kāryn's works play with the invisible structures that ground our reality.

Kāryn holds an MFA (First Class) from Elam School of Art, Auckland, 2013 and a BFA (Hons) from Massey University, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, 2005. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and Australia, most recently at Te Tuhi, Auckland, Melbourne art Fair with Anna Pappas Gallery and the Sydney, and Auckland Art Fairs with Sanderson Gallery. In 2017 she was included in Personal Structures, Pallazo Mora, Pallazo Bembo, Venice, Italy and at Art-Athina Contemporary Art Fair, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece. She was a finalist for the Wallace Art Award, 2014, and received a Merit at the Parkin Drawing Prize, 2017.


Education

Master of Fine Arts (First Class), Elam School of Art, Tāmaki Makaurau,Auckland, New Zealand, 2013

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hon), Massey University, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, New Zealand, 2005

Certificate in Visual Communications, Christchurch Polytechnic, 1992

Certificate in Applied Art and Design, Otago Polytechnic, Otago, New Zealand, 1989


Exhibitions
2021

Squaring the circle, Gallery 9, Sydney

AN IMPLICATE ORDER, Sanderson, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2020

Impossible Logic, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Virtual Art Fair, Jhana Millers

Sydney Contemporary Presents, Sanderson Contemporary

2019

Geometry of Thought, Wallace Art Trust, Pah Homestead, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Group show, Jhana Millers Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Electric Hum, Gallery 9, Sydney

Shape of a circle, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

How to Construct Your Universe, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

2018

Elements of Euclid, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Diagram for a Quantum Event, Te Tuhi Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney

Melbourne Art Fair, Southbank Arts Precinct, Melbourne

The Gates, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Auckland Art Fair, The Cloud, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2017

Implicate Order, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

Time. Space. Existence., Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney

Art-Athina Contemporary Art Fair, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece

Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

2016

Line to Plane, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Auckland Art Fair, The Cloud, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Art-Athina Contemporary Art Fair, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece

2015

Line of Site, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Immaterial Alchemy, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

New Geometries, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney

Light, 30upstairs, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Kāryn Taylor and Sandra Bushby, Window Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Sculpture, Sanderson Contemporary, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2014

Jacob’s Ladder, Corner Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

New Zealand Sculpture on Shore, Fort Takapuna, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Wallace Art Award, Wallace Arts Trust, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2013

Abstract Philosophy, 30upstairs, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

The Other Place, Allpress Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Launch 2012, Projectspace B431, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2012

Quietly Confident, SOFA Gallery, Ōtautahi, ChristchurchTāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Lola Anne Tunbridge Award, Projectspace B431, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2010

Jacob’s Ladder, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Ōtepoti, Dunedin

2009

A Matter of Mind, Dunedin Fringe Festival, Ōtepoti, Dunedin

2008

Practical Metaphysics, Dunedin Fringe Festival, Ōtepoti, Dunedin


Grants and Awards
2020

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize

2018

Finalist Fulbright-Wallace Award

2017

Merit Award, Parkin Drawing Prize

Jan Warburton Trust Grant

2014

Sponsorship, New Zealand Sculpture on Shore

Finalist, Wallace Art Award

Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award

2012

Finalist, Wallace Art Award

Finalist, Lola Anne Tunbridge Award

2008

Mitre10 Mega, Dunedin Fringe Festival Sponsorship


Essays/Reviews

Kāryn Taylor’s Cast Acrylic Light Works, John Hurrell, EyeContact, April 2021. Read it here

ACU Art Collection; A New Perspective, Circular Spin, Zara Stanhope, 2020, p54-55

ArtZone, Light and Lines, Claire O'Loughlin, #82, 2019-20, p23-31

Art New Zealand, The Observer Effect on Karyn Taylor, Lucinda Bennett, Summer 2018–19, p70-73

Taylor’s Moving (and moved around) Diagram, EyeContact, John Hurrell, 28 April 2018. Read it here

Taylor’s Leaning Quadrilaterals, John Hurrell, EyeContact, 8 March 2017. Read it here

Personal Structures, Open Borders, Kāryn Taylor, Jaimee Stockman-Young, 2017, p292.

Twenty /Twenty, Kāryn Taylor, Zara Stanhope, 2017, p140 – 147.

An Interview with Kāryn Taylor, Contemporary HUM, 22 September 2017. Read it here

Art22.gr, What we saw in Foreign Galleries at Art Athina, Maria Xypolopoulou, 2 June 2017.

20 Artists, 20 Writers, One New Zealand Gallery, Karyn Taylor, Elizabeth Brookbanks, p148 – 155

Collecting and Emitting Light, John Hurrell, EyeContact, 5 August 2015. Read it here

Art Collector Magazine, 2015 Undiscovered Artists, Sue Gardiner, Apr – Jun 2015, p 114

Outdoor Sculpture in Devonport, John Hurrell, EyeContact, 16 November 2014. Read it here

Rob Garrett Curator, Project 015: Karyn Taylor, Rob Garrett, 7 April 2014. Read it here

Thinking in the Abstract, EyeContact, Glen Snow, 23 October 2013. Read it here.

Eight Elam Students, EyeContact, John Hurrell, 27 August 2013. Read it here

Elam-Ilam Quietly Confident, Victoria Wynne-Jones, University of Canterbury, 2012

Otago Daily Times, Take Note, March 18, 2010, p 30.

Otago Daily Times, Fun House Trip into the Unknown, Nigel Benson, April 2, 2008, p 12.

Otago Daily Times, 2008 Dunedin Fringe, Nigel Benson, April 3, 2008, p 8.

Otago Daily Times, Invited Artists show a Fine Realism, James Dignan, April 10, 2008