taylor gillis

About Taylor

With a unique background in fine art, and digital marketing, and illustration, I get excited about creative challenges of all sorts.

I received my MA in studio art from The College of Saint Rose in 2009, and began showing my photography at galleries locally. Shortly thereafter, I co-founded Design It Together, an art studio and retail store in Troy, New York, where I would create, share and sell my first merchandise line.

Design It Together subsequently became Troy Cloth & Paper, and it was here that I designed a greeting card line that sold in stores across the country, with one of the retailers (proudly!) being the local Whole Foods. On most weekends I could be found at craft fairs around the region selling my sustainably produced t-shirts and poster art.

Knowing it was time for a change, I chose to sell TC&P in 2016. This creative pivot would lead to using my BFA in graphic design as I immersed myself in a web design and digital marketing position until 2021.

That same year, I experienced two significant life changes that sent me on a journey of self-discovery that would ultimately inspire me to take a fresh new approach to life and art.

Today, I’m a proud husband, father, freelance web designer, and die-hard New York Mets fan. When I’m not creating new pieces, I’m most likely spending time with my family, reading, or soaking up the beauty of the Adirondack mountains.

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About The Work

Having been transformed by the experience of becoming a father while losing his own father, Taylor Gillis contemplates mortality and his own existence through intuitive and visceral mark making. Using his learned instincts for color and composition, he works quickly to open himself up and react to what is in front of him.

He views each piece as an artifact from his own life with dents from pencil and drips from paint providing direct evidence of his existence to be left behind.

He views each piece as a snapshot in time created with materials that were important at different stages in his creative development such as watercolor, pencil, gouache, and screen printing ink.