Bernie Taupin, internationally recognized as Elton John’s lyricist, is a lifelong visual artist. In the early 1990s, painting became the main thrust of his creative endeavors. In his early work, Taupin was inspired by groundbreaking Abstract Expressionists, including Hans Hoffman, Franz Kline, Anselm Kiefer, and Robert Rauschenberg. Attributing his passion for art to his mother, Daphne, Taupin’s work consists of large, mixed media, contemporary assemblages.
Taupin says, “As in any creative field, we start by emulating work we like, following the path that ultimately leads to finding our own vision, a style we feel is original and unique in its own beliefs, on its own merits.” Taupin’s artwork evolved from Ab-ex explorations to a level of self-identification followed by experimentations with text-based content and minimalist Pop Art concepts. By 2016 and 2017, his works become sculptural constructions bound with cord and wire off and through the canvas. Expressing with found objects and repurposed material and artifacts, Taupin’s multi-layered creations include manipulated flags, scorched paper, wax, wire, wood, corrugated cardboard, fabric, bubble wrap, and resin.
He has exhibited at Art Miami, Art Southampton, the LA Art Fair, and in galleries in Denver, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale and Aspen, among others. Patriotic and emotional in nature, the artwork often incorporates the American flag in many forms. The artist lives and works in California.