“Say you started out doing whatever you wanted, you soon develop a style that lasts for a certain amount of time. You just forget along the way, you start to follow your own patterns, even if you made them up.” – John Taormina, on the nature of painting and doing whatever you want
Taormina has a remarkable understanding of formal art theory — color, shape, and composition — but like anti-elites Basquiat & Rosenquist, he has absorbed significant portions of art history and reinvented the rules, yielding a dynamism that is both revelatory and street-wise. “There are rules to paintings and I don’t believe in any of them,” explains Taormina.
For more information aboutTaormina’s thoughts and ideas, visit the link below to the full interview by friend/artist Eva Avenue, who raises more questions than answers about this true visionary.
“Well, if there’s a hand and it’s too big, there’s a reason.”