Henry Taylor’s imprint on the American cultural landscape comes from his disruption of tradition. While people figure prominently in Taylor’s work, he rejects the label of portraitist. Taylor’s chosen subjects are only one piece of the larger cultural narrative that they represent: his paintings reveal the forces at play, both individualistic and societal, that come to bear on his subject. The end result is not a mere idealized image, but a complete narrative of a person and his history. Taylor explains this pursuit of representational truth: ‘It’s about respect, because I respect these people. It’s a two-dimensional surface, but they are really three-dimensional beings.’
This marks the first collaboration between THE SKATEROOM and Henry Taylor, with a collection of three limited skateboard editions in tandem with Henry Taylor: B Side at MOCA, the most extensive museum presentation of Henry Taylor’s work to date.
Supported Social Project
Building Pakistan’s First Skatepark
Project by Salad Days of Skateboarding