Gary Taxali may have won over 500 industry awards (including a Grammy!) and be a household name in North America but since this is his first UK solo show, you will be forgiven for not having heard this Canadian artist’s name being bandied around local art circles before. But from the looks of this exhibition, TCé is pretty certain he will be getting the attention he deserves over here too.
Taxali’s work is instantly familiar, bearing a worn, retro look. He uses found materials as well as inspiration from the 1930s to produce his illustrative pieces of beautifully realised characters – full of innocence and humour. The variety of methods he draws on is astounding, and techniques including screen-printing, oils, inks and pencil drawing all play a part. His graphic and stylish work has not gone unnoticed either by big brands and companies such as Coca Cola and Levis, who’ve employed his skills in a commercial capacity. Not only that, but he sits on the Postal Stamp Advisory Board in his home country of Canada and was even invited to design five coins for the Canadian Mint – now surely that speaks for itself? A show, in a vital art space, worth checking out. (Words: Laura Thornley)
Gary Taxali’s My Feelings Like You exhibition is on at The Outsiders Gallery, 8 Greek Street, Soho W1D 4DG until June 2nd. For more info, visit www.theoutsiders.net