Henry Taylor. Untitled. 2011

Henry Taylor Untitled 2011

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This is a portrait of Taylor's friend Will Gillespie, nephew of the American jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, painted—like many of the artist's portraits—in a single sitting of less than two hours. Taylor incorporated personal details such as Gillespie's necklace and folded hands, meant to symbolize his identification as a practicing Buddhist. While evoking traditional portraiture, Taylor paints in a loose and intuitive style that is intensely individual. He took up painting late in life after working an assortment of odd jobs, including ten years as a psychiatric nurse; he worked at a state hospital while, eventually, pursuing studies at the California Institute of the Arts.

Gallery label from 2013.
Medium
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
78 x 62" (198.1 x 157.5 cm)
Credit
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
Object number
531.2012
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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