ARTIST DƏ ˈZHO͝OR: Philip Taaffe

Exuberant, intricate work that celebrates man's ritualistic impulses toward image making, borrowing widely from world culture motifs like Northwest Coast Indian masks, Islamic ornamentation, and Japanese perforated screens. 

Konya, 2009

Mixed media on linen

56 × 64 1/2 in

142.2 × 163.8 cm

Known for its elaborate sampling of methods (a single work may use collage, monotype, relief printing, marbling, gilding, silk-screening, and the gestures of Action painting). 

   Ophiuran, Prismatic , 2014   Mixed media on canvas  76 1/2 × 70 in  194.3 × 177.8 cm

Ophiuran, Prismatic, 2014

Mixed media on canvas

76 1/2 × 70 in

194.3 × 177.8 cm

Taaffe's art is founded on his belief that painting should be a synthesis of visual forces rather than the ruptures sought by modernism. 

  Thronus , 2007  Mixed media on paper  19 3/4 × 17 1/2 in  50.2 × 44.5 cm

Thronus, 2007

Mixed media on paper

19 3/4 × 17 1/2 in

50.2 × 44.5 cm

References include Op Art, abstract artists Jackson Pollockand Robert Rauschenberg, the 1970s Pattern and Decoration movement, and 1980s appropriation art.