Bernie Taupin may be best known for his work with Elton John; however the legendary songwriter has considered himself primarily a visual artist since the 90s. Working mainly in assemblage and collage, Taupin explains that his creative process is “simply the visual extension of what I have spent my life creating through words", and it can now be experienced at his first solo exhibition, in New York City at Waterhouse & Dodd.
Antiphona, the carefully chosen title to demonstrate Taupin’s distancing himself from his musical past, is a declaration of his dedication to his current and future life as a visual artist. Artistically, the British-born American has immersed himself in the vocabulary of American abstract art ever since he was inspired by long visits to New York museums while in the city with Elton John in 1970 and 1971. Influences of Anselm Kiefer, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko appear within his work which explores the visceral relationships between color and texture, materials and composition.
The show features an extraordinary array of paintings and collages demonstrating Taupin’s talent and creativity. Bernie Tauphin: Antiphona exhibits until November 30th at Waterhouse & Dodd, 960 Madison Avenue, 2F New York, NY 10021