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Taylor Smith is destined to be my best friend. A contemporary abstract painter, she was living in Germany when I visited as a foreign exchange student. We both saw the Berlin Wall before it came down, although she was the only one to participate in creating art on the structure along with artist Keith Haring. I own two of his prints and I love her work. Ergo, besties.

Smith studied traditional and contemporary painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg where she married her knowledge of still life works with a contemporary vision. Objects in a still life might include a table laden with fruit, a wine bottle, a lit candle, and a skull. Smith paints horizontal and vertical lines that mimic a table and/or window’s sharp angles, adds varying amounts of wine to acrylic paint and the canvas or linen, smudges with charcoal to recreate candle smoke, and adds stencils featuring skulls. Her wine chemistry series, which I first saw during this year’s Stutz Artists Open House, incorporates any number of these elements (or others), but most often the aforementioned lines and circles indicative of wineglass bases.

Chemical Still Life 92
  • Chemical Still Life 92

The chemical formulas found on many of Smith’s works are related to the fermentation of wine, such as those on display at the Charles Krug/Mondavi Gallery in Napa, California. The locale provides a natural market for Smith’s paintings whose sale and representation serendipitously began after she journeyed west for a wine tasting. She is represented locally by ARTBOX Gallery (217 West 10th Street) and also by the Tim Faulkner Gallery (Louisville, KY), Midtown Artery Gallery (Greenville, SC), and Gallery MAR (Park City, Utah).

Field Chromatics 1845 - A Working Title
  • Field Chromatics 1845 - A Working Title

Smith’s work is influenced by her travels around the world and by artists like Jackson Pollack and Andy Warhol. Her time in Germany inspired confidence and creativity and a perspective she wouldn’t have gotten stateside. A trip to Thailand, Japan, and China led to work that departs from her analytical side and explores an abstract landscape with wildflowers.

Secret Language of Zen 02
  • Secret Language of Zen 02

To see more of Taylor Smith’s work, visit the Starbucks in Broad Ripple (854 Broad Ripple Avenue), where you’ll find her work displayed over the fireplace. You can also view her website at or email to set up a time to tour her studio. Be sure you contact her first since I’ll already be there drinking wine and talking giclée prints with my new best friend.


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