Scott Taylor Art and Gallery
Can you imagine this with me? The large horn section starts the song’s intro, then the “King of Cool,” Dean Martin sings, How lucky can one guy be? I kissed her, and she kissed me. Like the fella once said, Ain’t that a kick in the head? All the while, Scott begins to paint. Regarding his creative process, Scott Taylor keeps his Pandora station tuned to Sinatra radio as the impetus for his positivity and joy. These songs exude optimism; if you have met Scott Taylor, so does he. Scott recounts, “Many of the songs from that genre are all very optimistic about love and life, with a great message that when life’s got you down, it’s gonna come back up. And that’s really what I try to infuse in my art. So whenever I’m painting, I will always be having fun.’
Scott Taylor has become a household name in the arts community here in Tulsa. Though he recently started to paint, he has been supporting the arts for many years. Scott is the Creative Director for ColorPop Art Lab, founded in 2012, a one-stop shop for commission art, graphic design, and branding firm. Scott is still the creative director for Color Pop but now runs his own gallery, filled with his own paintings. Scott claims he stumbled into painting when a friend asked if he would do a piece for the Parade of Homes. “I did the painting, and it sold. So while I was doing the painting, I was like, wow, this is really fun, super fun! How cool if I could do this for a living? So I just kept painting’.
This light-hearted, optimistic attitude can be experienced in all of Scott’s artwork. Think bright, bold colors with symbols that exude joy like ice cream cones, balloons, and his trademark quotes, Surround Yourself with Happy and Love Everybody. Scott describes his art as really colorful: “My goal with my work is to make people feel happy and connected to something positive, encouraging and fun through visual art.”
You can feel this happy energy when you step into the Scott Taylor gallery on Cherry Street, which will be celebrating its year anniversary in August. The vibe of the gallery is undoubtedly joyful with a childlike sense of wonder, upholding Taylor’s intention for everyone to feel a lift when they enter the space. Neon signage, oversized objects like dinosaurs, and huge yellow pencils with a theme of bright reds, greens, and pinks. Open every day, the gallery has more than paintings; it has colorful accessories, clothes, puzzles for purchase, and even a commemorative Oilers Hockey Jersey, all with the Scott Taylor brand.
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Beyond the Studio
Taylor is also heavily involved in helping inspire the next generation of artists through camps, classes, and charities. During Covid, Taylor started free virtual art classes for kids on Facebook, and he now leads in-person classes at his gallery and summer camps at Living Arts. Taylor also teaches art at The Common Good, a non-profit in North West Tulsa that provides resources and programs to families who lack access. “It’s about the next generation of artists, and if you can get kids excited about what they can bring onto the world stage, they develop confidence. As a parent myself, I want them to feel boosted that the adults in their life are behind them and that we believe in them.”
For Scott, it’s more than just children he hopes to inspire, it’s our entire community. His signature smile is often captured in social media posts promoting other artists, events, and fundraisers, extending his joy to all he encounters. “I think if we can all help each other and all showcase each other’s stuff, instead of it being more competitive, it becomes a fertile ground for everybody to grow. There’s plenty of opportunity for everybody.
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Find Scott Taylor gallery at 1608 E 15th St, Tulsa, OK 74120 or visit their website here: https://www.scotttaylorartgallery.com/.
Local Hotels & Restaurants
Scott Taylor Art Gallery is on the iconic Cherry Street area of Tulsa off 15th between Peoria and Utica, all with in walking distance to local shops and eateries.
1551 E 15th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Kilkenny’s Irish Pub
1413 E 15th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
1602 E 15th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Magnolia Soap and Bath Co
1325 E 15th St Suite 102, Tulsa, OK 74120
Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Autograph Collection
1324 S Main St, Tulsa, OK 74119
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