BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA An Exhibition of the works of TAYLOR IKIN and NEIL ADAMSON
OPENING Friday, November 11TH 6-8 pm & TAYLOR IKIN DEMO AND NEIL ADAMSON GALLERY TALK Saturday, November 12th 1-3 pm exhibition through November 30th
Taylor Ikin and Neil Adamson are two of the top watercolor artists of Florida. Taylor with her distinctive painting on Yupo has been recognized internationally as the ‘Queen of Yupo’ and her work has a very abstract flowing colorful style. Neil on the other hand is a signature member of National Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society, the two top honors you can receive in the field. His realistic works depict birds, boats and landscapes. The mixing of two artists in the same medium, but with totally different ways of capturing the beauty of the disappearing Florida wilderness will make this a visually stunning show.
Taylor Ikin is widely known for her work on YUPO, a synthetic tree free surface. Her environmentally sensitive images have been exhibited in Museums throughout Florida and Virginia, including Florida house in Washington DC. Her unique approach and joy in making art are the frequent topic of articles in Watercolor Artist, The Artist and American Artist Magazines plus many books and the local press, and can be enjoyed through her DVD, Dancing With YUPO. She has taught regionally, nationally, and in the Caribbean as well as 15 years at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art and the Beach Art Center. Ikin now teaches at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, FL with her Tuesday’s with Taylor and also at the Tampa Realistic Association on Mondays. Ikin has served 2 terms on the Board of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. She is a Past President, Signature and Life Member of the Florida Watercolor Society having served as President and Board member for a total of 16 years, the Education Committee of the Tampa Museum of Art and the Restoration Committee of the Tampa Theater. She is currently on the Board of the Gasparilla Festival of Arts and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and The Florida Artist Group (FLAG). Her work is collected world-wide, including Australia, the Caribbean, the British Isles, Europe, Canada the Vatican Collection, Rome Italy.
NEIL ADAMSON, NWS, AWS, FWS
Born in Manchester, Connecticut, and a Florida resident since 1950, Neil decided in 1972 to devote his full time to painting the disappearing Florida wilderness and shoreline, although he continues to take occasional painting trips through New England.
Neil is the recipient of over 140 awards for his watercolors which include watercolors accepted in the American Watercolor Society’s 108th Annual Show. He was selected for their yearly circuit and again for their 110th Annual Show in New York. In the American Watercolor Society’s 120th Annual Exhibition, he won the Arjomari/Arches Paper Award and his work was picked for the traveling show.
Two of the artist’s works were chosen by the St. Petersburg Museum to be part of its Art Embassy Program. These paintings were on loan to the Australian Embassy during 1989-1992.
The November-December 1989 issue of Florida Wildlife contained a special write-up on Adamson’s work. He was the first artist to be selected by the Foundation Realty Fund (Raymond James Properties) for the Foundation of Fine Art. He was invited by the Salmangundi Club of New York City to be the Official Artist for the Coast Guard Art Program.
Adamson was one of 200 artists in the USA chosen to show in Walt Disney World’s 1975- 1st Annual Art Show at Lake Buena Vista. Since 1970 he has received the Eliot O’Hara Watercolor Award, People’s Choice Award, Governor’s Award, Best of Show Award, Everett Dirkson Award and First Place from the Florida Federation of Artists.
The artist has exhibited at National Academy Gallery and the American Watercolor Society, New York; Viola Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut; Galerie of the Gold Lion, New Orleans, Louisiana and throughout Florida.
Adamson is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and an associate member of the American Watercolor society.
He was one of seven artists to be invited to show at the Florida State Audubon Society’s Animal Convention at Kissimmee, Florida 1992.
He was a nominee for the 1991-1992 Friends of the Arts Award, by the Pinellas County Arts Council, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the arts in Pinellas County.
The artist had a painting selected again for the prestigious American Watercolor Society’s 128th annual exhibition in New York City winning the Mary S. Litt Medal. Neil was one of forty artists picked for the Society’s traveling exhibition. This is the fourth time in his career, his work has been selected. Work was also selected for the top 100 traveling 1995 Arts for the Parks national show in Jackson Hole, Wyoming- and again in 2003. His work has been selected for four major watercolor books: Splash l in 1991, Splash ll in 1992, Splash lV in 1996, and Enliven Your Paintings With Light. All published by North Light Books. Neil’s paintings can be found in prominent corporate offices and private collections around the world, including Saudi Arabia, Canada, England, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Italy, Germany, and Sweden, as well as throughout the United States.