Born in India, raised in Canada, famous all over the place: Gary Taxali. He’s won a Grammy, and his work has been in Time, Newsweek, and Fortune. He’s even designed a series of quarters for Canada’s national mint. One of the most recognizable illustrator/ artists out there, Taxali has repurposed the look and feel of Great Depression-era styles like Nancy or the original Bazooka Joe comic strips and turned it into a personal iconography that quite simply just works. Faux nostalgia filtered through a quirky sense of humour? Sure, that sounds about right.
Taxali has a new show on at The Outsiders in London for another week, “My Feelings Like You” :
Gary celebrates the everyday, reminding the viewer that they can find elegance in the simplest matters. “I just want people to appreciate the banal: things that are accidentally beautiful,” he says. Gary’s graphic and textured works use oils and a variety of techniques including screenprinting, drawing and inks, often on found media and used surfaces. In My Feelings Like You there’ll be a mixture of medias and collage on old book covers and paintings, in varying sizes including his largest pieces yet at 152 x 203 cm.
– from The Outsiders