Majesty Incognito Art Exhibit
Date of Event: August 31, 2012
Bliss by Yuko Nogami Taylor
The exhibit “Majesty Incognito: East Meets West” by Raleigh artist Yuko Nogami Taylor will be featured in the AACC Gallery from August 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012. Taylor spent much of her adult life in North Carolina working as an account executive and has been working as a professional artist for almost a decade. Taylor grew up in Tokyo and attended an exclusive private school which the Japanese Royal family historically attended. She is married to Thomas Taylor, an African American jazz musician. In her work Taylor merges her two worlds, creating soulful portraits of enslaved African Americans in the antebellum South using traditional Japanese painting techniques.
Yuko Nogami Taylor
Based on historical photographs of 19th Century African American men, women and children Taylor’s subjects are rendered against idyllic dreamlike backgrounds created by drips of oil paintings often etched with stylized flowers or birds; traditional Japanese styles, images and characters. As Taylor states, “I became fascinated with the African American experience, culture and history. Through my personal experiences with those whom I consider the builders of this country, I fell in love with the rare old photos of nameless people. They were slaves or their descendants. I contemplated the strength of their lives and searched for an answer to some questions why am I here and what is the purpose of my given life? Giving color to the past and putting life back into those lives encourages me to paint.”
The exhibit will include fifteen to twenty oil paintings and will open on August 1st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Taylor will be available to greet visitors and answer questions. The Thomas Taylor jazz trio will perform.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The African American Cultural Center is located in the A.M. Witherspoon Student Center at 2810 Cates Avenue. For tours please call (919)515-5210.
A reception for the artist, which will also feature the Thomas Taylor Trio, is scheduled for August 22, 2012 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, during the annual AACC Harambee celebration.
For more information visit the artists official website: www.yukotaylor.com