BIOGRAPHY

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Taft McWhorter has been exhibiting his contemporary art in Houston for over 12 years, amassing a dedicated group of over 500 local and international collectors.  He was named one of the Top 10 Artists in Houston in 2014 by the Houston Press.  Taft also made the list of Houston’s 40 Most Fascinating People by the Houston Chronicle in 2015 for his philanthropic efforts.  Taft and his wife, Dana, raise over $100,000 annually by donating artwork.  With over 100 exhibits under his belt, his work has now arrived on the international Art Fair stage.  McWhorter has private studios in Los Angeles and Houston.  

STATEMENT

I have had the desire to shape and expand myself and the world around me since I was a child; always searching; continuously creating.  From building with legos, to forming bands in high school, to founding new businesses in my adult years, my path has always included the pursuit of  passion and experiential growth.  

Arriving in the art business roughly 12 years ago, I have pursued being a professional artist with abandon, studying with fellow artists and constantly exhibiting my work.  With over 100 solo, joint and group exhibits under my belt and over 500 local and national collectors, my sights are set on evolving my career on a national and international basis.  

The eclectic variety in my numerous styles is the product of allowing mistakes to be a part of the art making process.  I embrace the dichotomy of vision versus freedom; control versus chaos.  In the spirit of freedom and chaos, I employ a plethora of textures, colors and mediums while trying not to limit myself to any single style or form.  

Franz Kline, Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock and David Adickes have been my main artistic influences.  My styles encompass abstract, folk and impressionism.  My mediums include acrylics, epoxy resin, latex and watercolor. 

My artwork is simply an extension of my life and personality.  My paintings represent whatever it is I am feeling at the time.  One layer at a time, I allow each painting to simply “become”.  Through a combination of variety, depth and the pursuit of experiential growth, each piece of art becomes unique in technique, style and emotion.