✨ Henry Taylor ✨
photographed by @francoisdischinger
for Cultured Mag.
"Unlike Kerry James Marshall (@kerryjamesmarsh
) or the late Barkley L. Hendricks —two painters of black life the artist is often compared to—Taylor is primarily drawn to the outcast. His focus is on the women, men, and sometimes children who are cast aside by society; those no one is supposed to care about, no less want to see honored in paint. Taylor has painted and drawn them anyway. For instance, there are many images, such as Catatonic (1991) and Split Person (1992), of the psychiatric patients he cared for during a decade-long stint working as a technician at Camarillo State Mental Hospital. He doesn’t make a concerted effort to show his subjects in their finest moments; Taylor isn’t concerned about conforming to popular understandings about the way to properly depict a black person (empowered!). He paints his people the way they are, in all of their difficulties, simply asking that we see them." by @artsy