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Bernie Taupin has a new exhibit set for New York City’s Waterhouse & Dodd gallery. It is called Antiphona, and runs from November 4-30.

Ray Waterhouse tells that the title of the show relates to Bernie’s view of visual art as a response to his lifetime in music. Most of the artists who inspired him worked on the east coast, which is why the California resident considers himself to be ”an east coast painter.”

It was while in New York during the winter of 1970 and 1971, that Taupin found peace and joy, visiting myriad museums.

In 1990, armed with an acute painterly awareness and an appreciation of modernist painters of the 1960s and 1970s, the songwriter began a serious career as a visual artist. The aesthetics of Anselm Kiefer, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko appear within his work and figuration is of little interest to him. By restricting himself to the vocabulary of abstraction he remains open to explore the more visceral relationships between color and texture, materials and composition.

Taupin manipulates a wide range of media into abstract works that only hint at narrative and yet are loaded with dynamism. While creating this new body of work virtually any material was subject to serve in his creative arsenal. Among the use of more traditional media such as acrylic and oil paints, wax, cheesecloth, bubble wrap, glass, metal, twine, wire and shredded paper can also be found within this body of work.

Bernie may be best known for his legendary songwriting career with Elton, yet very little tangible overlap exists between his work as a wordsmith and his approach to painting.

He explains that his creative process is “simply the visual extension of what I have spent my life creating through words.”