Datang Twilight by Bryan Mark Taylor


Oil on Panel

18 x 24 in. 

Bryan Mark Taylor, one the foremost plein-air painters of his generation, traveled to Guangzhou to capture vanishing landscapes of traditional life. Much like Europe and America in the nineteenth centuries, China is going through a period of dramatic change. Entire ancient cities are vacated to make way for highways, electrical grids, and skyscrapers. The result is not only a leap forward in the wealth and education of many citizens; but, for others, displacement and the loss of traditional culture. This is particularly true for the indigenous Tanka people, who live and fish along the shores of the Pearl River; increasingly under the shadows of skyscrapers.


Having traveled around the world to paint what he calls “Nature’s everyday miracles,” Taylor saw this trip to China as a significant opportunity. “As someone who is both a student of tradition and who embraces technology, I found myself drawn to China and the Tanka in particular. I wanted to show the juxtaposition of old and new.” Taylor is widely considered among today’s leading landscape painters. A long-time teacher and lecturer at the Academy of Art University (San Francisco), he has taught courses at Pixar and has been a featured speaker for the Plein Air and CTNX conventions. Taylor’s works have won numerous awards and been celebrated in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air, Southwest, and American Art Collector magazines.  Much like Turner in his time, Taylor is considered an innovator rooted in tradition.