|The Gate Keepers|
|The Other Side|
These paintings and titles are by Nathan Jalani Taylor, a young man I used to work with back in the days when he still rocked a day job to pay the bills. Now he's doing his art, really doing it, and I'm so proud of him. Many of his paintings are like intricate stained-glass mosaics, vivid and afrocentric, often with a central figure that for me evokes the divine. There's something vaguely religious about these paintings, nothing overt, just a feeling that begins to touch you when you look at several pieces at once. And then there is the series above, so ethereal and otherworldly, elongated paint threads that make me think of a communion of souls, interconnected and arching towards the sky, the galaxy, the space dark sun. For me as a viewer, they are a supportive web of spirits, facilitating dreams, hearts of fire, complicated human sorrow, abiding love. I really do feel all that when I look at these paintings. Nate, my friend, I knew you when.