Henry Taylor

American, b. 1958

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Henry Taylor

American, b. 1958

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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 furniture, suggesting the refuse that accumulates on L.A. streets from provisional downtown community housing. Taylor’s work has been compared to that of his contemporary, Kerry James Marshall.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Biography

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 furniture, suggesting the refuse that accumulates on L.A. streets from provisional downtown community housing. Taylor’s work has been compared to that of his contemporary, Kerry James Marshall.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 2 more
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