Zeek Taylor is known for his stylized watercolors. Using a dry brush technique, he is able to achieve intricate detail not often found in the medium. He favors transparent paint but at times combines the use of gouache and acrylic in a painting. Each piece is surrounded by a meticulously hand rendered border.
An award winning artist, Zeek Taylor has been the subject of many one-man-exhibits and juried shows. He is the recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Art Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his paintings have hung in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. Zeek’s work has been displayed on five occasions in the Arkansas Arts Center, three times in the prestigious Delta Exhibition and two times in the International Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition. Taylor has earned several “Best of Show” awards. His work is available in the museum store at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR.
A story teller and writer, he has performed twice on the National Public Radio show “Tales from the South,” and his stories were heard by more than 130 million listeners worldwide. A StoryCorps interview with Zeek is on file in the Library of Congress. A segment of the interview aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and was heard by 50 million listeners. He gave a TedX talk in Bentonville, AR, and is the author of two published books: “Chimps Having Fun,” and “Out of the Delta.” Zeek lives and maintains a studio in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Working with watercolor, I often forsake the standard rules imposed on the medium, exploring all possibilities, while ever respectful of its transparent and fluid properties. I paint with greater concern for style over realism and with a focus on pattern and color theory. The one rule that I adhere to is “break the rules.”