Bernie Taupin considers himself a storyteller.
As a visual artist for almost two decades, this installation highlighting new mixed media works at Chase Contemporary continues his ongoing narrative with American culture. His professional concentration has been on mastering visual productions: portraying powerful motifs in a coalescence of string, spray paint, wood stain, pop- art, and more. He also conveys emotion through color and form, rending abstract expressionist imagery inspired by Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns Robert Rauschenberg, and Barnett Newman.
Although born in the United Kingdom, Taupin has considered California to be home for over half of his life. As an American citizen, his recurring use of the United States flag pays tribute to the American West, musical pioneers, and urban environments. He cites all of these musical pioneers and urban environments. He cites all of these influences as heavy inspiration for all he does and as patriotic reference of the freedom he respects and appreciates.
Bernie Taupin has made a name for himself not only with his lyrical projects but also with his visual artworks. He’s amassed a repertoire of over 45 albums with his musical partner Elton John, who together are responsible for penning classics such as “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Candle in the Wind”… and the list goes on.
When asked about what fuel his creative inspirations, this accomplished multi-talented artist often comments that his art creations are merely the visual manifestations of his lyrics. This recent series of compositions combines all of those diverse elements - everything that together creates the quintessential texture of America.
CBS Sunday Morning interview with Bernie Taupin and Lee Cowan at Chase Contemporary Gallery airs on April 8th!