Fresh, colorful, and complex could be three words used to describe the paintings that have secured Reginald Baylor a place as one of the most original and recognizable artists working in Wisconsin today. Even so, this Milwaukee-born artist is always looking forward, expanding his horizons beyond acrylic on canvas to woodcuts, fabric, coloring books and digital media, revealing that while his style may be instantly recognizable, he does not wish to be constrained by any single medium.
Beyond offering sensuous visual stimulation, what’s Baylor’s work about? It’s about life in modern America. It’s about home, work, pleasure, leisure, cultural icons, cultural norms, preconceptions and misconceptions. They might take a bit of deciphering, but in the end they reflect our image -saturated society, tell us stories about who we are, where we live and the world we have created around us.
MOWA is delighted that one of its inaugural exhibitions will feature four brand-new, never-before-seen works by Reginald: two acrylic on canvas paintings, a textile piece and one digital media animation.