Meet the Artist
Taylor Loftin (b. 1993) is an artist and educator from Jackson, Mississippi. He received his BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2015 and his MFA from the University of Arkansas in 2021. He is a 2019 alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Drawing and has been a resident at the Wassaic Project in NY and Stove Works in Chattanooga, TN. His work has been recently exhibited at the MS Museum of Art, Wright State University, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Greenville, SC. He has a forthcoming solo exhibition in Mexico City at El Sur Gallery. He currently lives in Fayetteville, AR where he teaches at the University of Arkansas.
Until recently, my work has been a poetic excavation of family history associated with the pine tree farm I grew up on in Jackson, Mississippi. Utilizing narrative-driven abstraction, painting has been a tool for re-examining my relationships to family, masculinity, religion, regional traditions, and art; in service of a more intentional future.
After having my first child and abruptly moving back home to care for my grandmother, I found that home had changed – and I with it. My paintings have become atmospheric configurations of the word “vessel,” a daily reminder that I am not a single identity or moment in time but a living container for kinetic and mysterious change.