Josephine Taylor studied Religion and East Indian Languages as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado before pursuing a graduate degree in Fine Art at the San Francisco Art Institute. Taylor creates narrative drawings on enormous sheets of paper using diluted permanent ink washes. She prefers to install this work unframed. Her work primarily examines the emotional and psychological remnants of the childhood and adolescent experience. Though her subject matter is intensely personal and rendered with a tender fragility, her large-scale paper works defy any assumption of intimacy.
Taylor was a recipient of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award and was included in the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in 2004. Her work has been on exhibition all over the United States and also internationally at the Nordic Watercolor Museum in Sweden in 2008. Her work is in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2013 Taylor’s work was featured in OFF-SPRING: New Generations, a group exhibition at 21c Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently, her work was included in an exhibit curated by Brett Reichman at CB1 Gallery titled, Tight Ass: Labor Intensive Drawing and Realism. She lives and works in San Francisco and has shown with Catharine Clark Gallery since 2003.