The first UK solo show by acclaimed American graphic artist Gary Taxali is coming to The Outsiders in Soho on 4th May. Taxali reimagines the popular iconography of the 20s and 30s to create images full of nostalgic charm and allure. He has exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum, and says that he wants people "to appreciate the banal: things that are accidentally beautiful, like packaging”.
The years of the Depression produced art which reflected the fractures in society and the disordered state of the economy, yet at the same time – especially in popular culture – there existed an undislodgeable optimism that still has the power to gladden and delight. Taxali’s work draws on that same spirit, and incarnates it anew for today’s similarly afflicted generation.
Shepherd Fairey describes him as “one of those rare artists whose work is immediately inviting and familiar, yet idiosyncratic and unmistakable”. This exhibition should prove an enjoyable opportunity to see a broad range of Taxali’s textured, lovingly crafted silk-screens, drawings, paintings and collages.