I began drawing incessantly at a young age. It was a natural thing to do. My grandmother once caught your boy drawing on the walls with markers at my parents home when I was two or three years old. When she questioned me about my latest masterpiece, I pushed the blame to someone else.
"A ghost did it," I replied.
after a lengthy speech about taking personal responsibility for our actions she questioned me again,
"Now Taylor, who drew on the walls?"
Defeated, I answered,
"It was me.... and the ghost."
The ghost and I have been together ever since. Picking up every kind of artistic medium and learning from the best people for over a decade and a half. I have traveled the globe many times over, exploring culture, perspective, attitudes and relationships, all the while taking notes on a blank piece of paper, a canvas or a wall.
Taylor Jensen is a native Arizona muralist with over 15 years of experience painting interior, exterior, public and private large scale murals. He began his career doing interior murals with a brush and acrylic paint at 17 years old. He studied oil painting with master oil painter Joel Koplin starting in 2010. That same year, during his studies in oil painting, he was introduced to spray paint, not just as graffiti, but as an art form. He has since found a passion in using the spray can the way his mentor taught him to use oil paint and a brush.
He often starts his large scale paintings with an unintelligible assortment of colored chalk drawings. Taylor’s work comes to him seemingly from some kind of chaotic language only he can understand, turning his illegible, flat scribbles into complex landscapes and figures fully fleshed out in perspective with breath, depth, warmth and shadow. He explains the process as something severely simple “Start big, then go small”. His work is realistic enough that after a glance, one might question their own reality. Somehow, at the same time, these pieces have so much of his personal style and voice emanating from them, that there is no doubt that what you’re looking at is the work of a man charged by a vision, Taylor Jensen, Baconcat, tenaciously seeing it through to the finish.
Taylor has painted murals in several countries in North America, Europe and Asia. He has written, illustrated and published at least 12 different books, including a children’s introduction to English as a second language and a story book about some wild pigs. Using his skills in painting, tattooing and language, he put himself through college at Jinan university in China, with Chinese language and culture as the major focus of study. After spending over 3.5 years in China, He fled to Russia and then to Greece to escape the pandemic in 2020. Shortly after arriving in Greece, he met and fell in love with his soon to be wife, Anna. They were married a year and a half later and currently reside together in with their cat Tempe, Az.