‘For me painting is a key to understanding inner feelings, a way of releasing the experiences each of us holds inside, to transfer these feelings onto paper or canvas in order to share them.'
Incorporating watercolor, a fluid and spontaneous medium, into Taylor's mix of pigment, acrylic, pastel, and sumi ink achieves a more powerful communication. Taylor currently incorporates past work into collages, resulting in more powerful communications.
A native of California, Ms Taylor moved to Maryland more than 40 years ago when she began to paint seriously, first in watercolor and subsequently acrylic and mixed media. Active in the DC art scene as a member of Studio Gallery from 1991-1997, Maxine is now a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, where she was represented by Montage Gallery from 2003-2010. She has work in collections in California, Florida, New York and Maryland, including 18 works in the George Meany Center for Labor Studies formerly in Silver Spring MD.
Ms Taylor continues to exhibit regionally throughout Maryland. She was instrumental in the creation of Passageways Artist Studios in Riverdale MD and a participant in the formalization of the Artists' Gallery in Columbia MD before her move to her current studio in Baltimore. Maxine has created MAXgallery on her property and continues to participate and support Baltimore's Artscape Gallery Network as well as the annual BOPA Open Studio.
Although she continues to exhibit and paint, she is also becoming involved with organizing exhibit opportunities for both herself and others through MAXgallery. Additionally she has created Saturday's Child art class which involves sharing her knowledge and skills with children 6-12 years old along with their family members from the heart of Baltimore's inner city.
University of MD University College 2007-2008,
University of Maryland, College Park 1985, 1986,
Prince Georges Community College 1982-1984,
Napa Valley College 1962-1964
Taylor lives and works in her studio renovated in 1997 at 126 N.Madeira St. in Butchers Hill, Baltimore
Born: Petaluma, California
Residence: Sacramento CA 1970-1972, Maryland since 1973, Baltimore since 1997
Memberships: Creative Alliance, School 33, founding member-Passageways Artists’ Studios, Riverdale, MD
Gallerist/Creative Director of MAXgallery in Baltimore since 2013
Ms Taylor's artwork is in corporate collections in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland, including 18 paintings in the George Meany Center for Labor Studies formerly in Silver Spring, MD. Her work is also in private collections throughout the United States, including California, Oregon, Washington state, Washington DC, Maryland, New York, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, South Carolina and Virginia.
2020 Upcoming Wishbone Reserve, Baltimore, MD
2020 Upcoming, October, ARG, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
2013 Hamilton Gallery, "Faces of Baltimore", Baltimore, MD
2012 Kish Lobby Gallery. Slayton House, “Contemporary Movements”, Columbia, MD
2013-1997 City of Baltimore Annual Open Studio Tour, Baltimore, MD
2010-2003 Montage Gallery, Federal Hill, Baltimore, MD
1996 Marlboro Gallery, Prince Georges College “Seeking Language, New Work” Landover, MD
1995 Columbia Art Center, “Seeking Language, New Work” Columbia, Maryland
1995 Studio Gallery, “Seeking Language, New Work”, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
1992 Studio Gallery, “Innerspace”, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
1991, 1989, 1987 Gallery Lounge, George Meany Center Labor Studies, Silver Spring, MD
Selected Juried and Invitational Group Exhibitions
2018 Artscape Gallery Network, Showcase Gallery, curated by Liza Lee, sponsored by Baltimore Office of
Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and M & T Bank
2013 Hamilton Gallery, “Chesapeake Watershed”, MD & MD Science Center, Baltimore
2012 Gallery 4N5, 863 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
2011 Abstract Survey: 2000-2010, R. Ray curator, Sacramento Temporary Contemporary, CA
2011 Unity and Diversity: 4 Women, Meeting House Gallery, Columbia, MD
2007 Ratner Museum “Four Ways of Seeing”, Bethesda, MD
1995 Foundry Gallery, Sam Gilliam, Juror, Washington, DC
1996 “IASG at MOCA”, Manon Cleary, Curator, Georgetown, Washington, DC
1996 MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, KOAN Emerging Artist Exhibition, Georgetown, DC
1996 School 33, Artsites Group Installation, “Search for Language”, Baltimore, MD
1996 Women’s National Democratic Club (Invitational) “Abstracts”, Washington, DC
1990 Touchstone Gallery, Artist’s Equity Annual Members Show, Willem deLooper, Juror, Washington, DC
1990 Art Barn, “New Talent”, Chris Addison, Juror, Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC
1990 Capitol Hill Art League, David Tannous, Curator, Washington, DC
1987 55th Annual Cumberland Valley Artist Exhibition, Washington County, MD
Publications and Reviews
2018 BaltimoreMagazine.net, Arts District, Oct 10, "...Inside 30th Annual OST' by Lauren LaRocca
2017 City Paper, Baltimore, Now See This, Sept 27, 'Here and There' review by Rebekah Kirkman
2017 Baltimore Sun, Fall Arts Guide, Interview by Wesley Case
2017 Baltimore Style, September, interview by Jessica Gregg
2017 Baltimore Sun, 8/25, Weekend Watch, Around Town, 'Labor of Art' by Tim Smith
2016 Bmoreart, Online, Feb 18, Home, Art & Culture, ESW Collaborative Invests in Baltimore by Care Ober
2015 Bmoreart, Online, July 15, Artscape at MAXgallery, features The Beautiful Community by Nicole Ringel
2014 Baltimore Post-Examiner, July 19, Artscape: MAXgallery in Butchers Hill Offers... by Anthony C. Hayes
2014 What Weekly, Art (E)Scape: At MAXgallery, Art, Issue 226, Land of Pleasant Living by Peggy Hoffman
2014 Baltimore Guide, 7/9, "Local galleries part of Artscape Gallery Network Interview by Erik Zygmont
2013 Bmoreart Online Interview by Cara Ober, "From Artist to Curator: An Interview with M.Taylor"
2013 Baltimore Guide, 7/7 Interview by Erik Zygmont, "Go to Artscape-without leaving the Southeast"
2013 "...Stopped by the clarity and authority of execution in...M. Taylor's abstraction Pause, Rewind, Play." - Juror Kevin Raine
2011 Urbanite Online Magazine, Arts/Culture/My Creation/Inner Turbulence, Feb.15, 2011 by Cara Ober
2008 Style Magazine, [About Town] Gallery, Vol16, No.1, Feb p22, Art from the Heart by Sarah Achenbach
2005 Baltimore Sun, Critic’s Corner/Today 11/16/05 p4E, At Montage Gallery by Glen McNatt
2003 Baltimore Sun, LIVE! 09/25, p15T, Taylor’s images defined by ‘pure line and color’ by Glen McNatt
2003 Citypaper, Baltimore, 09/24-30, p37, Empty Spaces Exist No More by Blake de Pastino
1998, 92, 91, 88 Cover: George Meany Center Curriculum Catalog
1997 Columbia Flyer, 03/27, Visual Arts, Slayton House exhibit is spiced with variety by Mike Giuliano
1996 Washington Post, 08/05, pD7, Style/Arts, Arts Beat, IASG at MOCA by Michael O’Sullivan