Henry Taylor

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Henry Taylor (born 1958) is a Los Angeles–based artist whose work explores the intersection of race and city life through vibrant palettes, playful compositions, and intimate portraiture. While he is most known for his acrylic paintings, his work often questions the accessibility of the medium itself and thus expands into a sculptural realm, using found objects such as milk cartons and cigarettes. Recently, Taylor’s narrative paintings on family history, the cotton industry, and modern police brutality were featured at the 2017 Whitney Biennial.


Henry Taylor received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts and has had solo exhibitions at MOMA PS1, New York; Santa Monica Museum of Art, California; and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. His work has been in numerous group exhibitions, including An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017, and the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; These Strangers…Painting and People, Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; the 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art; Blues for Smoke, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art; and Made in LA 2012, Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles.

Henry Taylor, Served up, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 74 1/2 x 94 1/2 inches.