Toronto artist Tony Taylor’s paintings interpret politicians and celebrities as animals. This piece is his interpretation of the country’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, for Canada’s 150th Anniversary this year. I saw his fascinating work this weekend at the One of a Kind show, many of them small 5″ x 7″ transfers on birch panels.
Taylor uses animals in place of people to show what it would be like if we saw them for their more carnal animal instincts and characteristics.
For Taylor, political events are a “gathering of the animal powerhouses from the financial and political jungles where only the wealthy survive. I have chosen to replace the faces of these leaders and corporate representatives with those of animals that I feel reflect a truer sense of their character.”
Tony Taylor website, here.
On this year’s Artist Project website, here.