The Three-Piece

Artists by the Numbers

Three works of art. Two minutes each. One artist.

The Three-Piece.

3… Three works. Straight outta the collections of Black Art In America comes three compelling pieces of art for this week, including Lost and Found Again, Me and My Shadow, and Recession Girl.

2… Two minutes. We encourage you to take at least two minutes to view each of these works, study them, and connect with them. See which ones speak to you, challenge you, and-or inspire you.

1… One artist. The artist behind today’s works is Zoya Taylor. Taylor has developed a highly individualistic style of figuration and an incredibly idiosyncratic body of work that centers on a recurring cast of characters drawn partly from memories of a childhood spent in Jamaica, but very much a production of her psyche.  Hers is a world inhabited by wide-eyed waifs, world-weary grandmothers, wistful spinsters, braggadocios and rude-boys.  Her characters exhibit a curious mixture of innocence and worldliness and embody the duality in human nature.  Her view on the human condition is that “we all have a cast of characters that define our lives. Personal demons or angels–spiritual or not, there’s a commonality in these characters. They draw on human themes of secrecy, pride and hurt, but also humor and love.”

Born in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, Taylor spent her early childhood in Germany and moved with her Jamaican father and Canadian mother to Kingston, Jamaica when she was eight. She is essentially a self-taught artist, but has taken classes in painting, sculpture, and drawing. Taylor enjoys gallery representation in the USA, Jamaica, Germany, and Norway, and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Kingston, Jamaica; Berlin, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Oslo, Norway; Florence, Italy; and London, England.  In 2009, she was awarded the President’s Award at the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy.  Taylor currently lives in Oslo, Norway.

Okay, now that you’ve been briefed, we’re gonna hit ya with The Three-Piece:


Recession Girl” by Zoya Taylor
36 x 29 inches oil on linen canvas –unframed

Me and My Shadow” by Zoya Taylor
24 x 24 inches oil on linen canvas –unframed







Lost and Found Again” by Zoya Taylor
30 x 40 inches oil on linen canvas –unframed

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