Henry Taylor
American, born 1958
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
The 2017 Whitney Biennial,
Whitney Museum of American Art
Henry Taylor, A Portrait Show,
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Off-Site Exhibition: A Shape That Stands Up,
Hammer Museum

Henry Taylor paints quick, loose portraits of his relatives, friends, celebrities, and athletes on large and small canvases, as well as creating evocative sculptures and assemblages of found materials. Taylor worked for a decade as a psychiatric nurse in a state hospital in California, an experience that informs the humanity and warmth evident in his paintings. “I paint those subjects I have love and sympathy for,” he has said. Drawing on the folk art and modernism present in a strain of African American painting that traces back to Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, Taylor has painted monumental canvases based on WPA photographs of black farm workers. Untitled (2011) is a large-scale painting of Taylor’s friend Will Gillespie, the nephew of Dizzy Gillespie. In his installation work It’s Like A Jungle (2011), Taylor presents an assortment of used objects, including boxes, crates, and …

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