American painter Henry Taylor was born in 1958 in Ventura, California. Taylor recieved his BFA in 1995 from the California Institute for the Arts and retired from his work as a psychiatric technician at Camarillo State Mental Hospital in 1997. His works often contain personal connections, illustrating the world around him—with many works that have clear references to his work as a psychiatric technician, friends, and family. His loose portraiture is reminiscent of Alice Neel’s work both in technique and the cultural context surrounding both artists’ respective works. Bold, lively, and highly expressive and emotive, Taylor’s paintings create highly intimate character portrayals that almost feel voyeuristic on behalf of the viewer.
Taylor has had a mid-career retrospective at MoMA PS1 and has had his work displayed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Hammer Museum amongst several other museums and galleries. The artist is represented by Blum & Poe Gallery in Los Angeles and Feur Mesler gallery in New York. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Images courtesy of Henry Taylor
words PERWANA NAZIF
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