LA Artist Profile: Henry Taylor

LA painter Henry Taylor gives a tour of his studio, his latest works in progress, and discusses some of his favorite subjects to paint in a film by Claudio Conti.

Released on 6/13/2013

Credits

Starring: Henry Taylor

Transcript

00:01
(upbeat music)
00:11
Hey Tom, hey, what's happening?
00:13
Good morning, come on in man.
00:19
Hey so, I don't know if I,
00:22
I was painting as you can see,
00:27
but yeah I was just working on this
00:30
right here, before you came in.
00:32
I guess I was working on 2 paintings.
00:35
This one, Alice Coachman,
00:39
she was a champion high jumper
00:44
at Tuskegee, I don't know, I just kind of,
00:47
I don't know I was probably researching
00:48
Jesse Owens or somebody, and that came up.
00:52
This is something I'm working on
00:54
for the show, this upcoming show
00:55
at Blum and Poe, B&P.
00:58
I'm in the Sheriff's bus, I'm gonna
01:00
put the Sheriff's bus in there.
01:02
So this, you know, and I live by the police station,
01:04
you always, you know, they all got tinted windows.
01:06
You know, I guess, why? They don't
01:08
want you to see what kind of prisoners
01:09
they got, you know? (laughs)
01:11
No, anyway. They didn't like that, huh?
01:13
Oh yeah, so that, and then hey uh,
01:16
you know, I'm just trying to be thorough here.
01:17
What's here? Sometimes the things are a surprise to me.
01:22
Oh, I'll show you this just for the hell of it,
01:24
what the hell? Why not? Because we don't know
01:27
whether it's going to be looked at.
01:28
It's not done, yeah so this was going to be
01:32
part of the peep show, but, I don't know,
01:34
it never happened, it ended up being a couch show.
01:38
And this painting here, I'm not done,
01:40
I gotta keep working on this one too.
01:42
Some of these, some of these, so...
01:54
Some birds, birds, birds, no,
01:56
hey look at, birds, birds, no this is not a bird,
01:59
this is, it look like a fly or something.
02:04
This is not a bird. But I got wings.
02:08
I'm a angel.
02:12
Here's another. Up against the wall kind of painting.
02:16
It's up against the wall. It's up against the wall.
02:20
And cornbread, hey. You gotta peep out cornbread, dude.
02:24
Even though, these, we're diverting
02:25
because you know what? Just tell the people,
02:28
we couldn't be, you know, we could not,
02:30
we had to, this is uh, this is a painting,
02:34
corn bread. My mom's name was Cora.
02:38
C-O...you like? That's a nice name, don't you think?
02:43
I like that, I love my mom's name.
02:45
But um, influences? Very.
02:47
You know what I mean? Of course you reflect,
02:49
and you get nostalgic, and you go
02:51
back in your past like your dad and you mom,
02:52
you're hanging out with people.
02:55
Tonya, my cousin Tonya, you want to see
02:56
my cousin Tonya? Tonya's cool.
02:59
She lives in Chicago. Chicago.
03:00
Her dad worked for, I ain't gonna tell you. Haha.
03:04
I like this box, this is mine,
03:06
I decided to keep it.
03:08
This one here, I'm keeping, you know,
03:13
and then a lot of the my favorites
03:15
are at my son's house, or my daughter's,
03:18
so I give them my work, that's, I, you know,
03:21
I says, son, this one's for you.
03:24
You know what I mean?
03:26
And I started this one at like
03:27
5 o'clock one morning, that's Petina hubby
03:33
and my brother, this is not me.
03:35
And we were just up one night and
03:36
I said shit, you know what I mean?
03:38
But it is a favorite, you know.
03:42
So a lot of them aren't here, you know.
03:46
Like I said, this one, Torro. Yeah.
03:54
I like this one too.
03:58
It's a little one, but I like it.
04:01
I mean I collaborated with Andrea with this,
04:03
but yeah, you know, I like it.
04:07
You know, uh, there's things that I keep
04:09
for no real reason, you know.
04:13
Everybody has to get a hair cut.
04:15
You know what I mean?
04:17
But you what? I know sometimes,
04:18
I don't want you to think that I didn't,
04:19
you know you ask me questions about
04:21
influences but, boy that goes all over the place.
04:23
Uh, so I just you know, again I was just started
04:25
painting on these cigarette packs,
04:27
that was a cigarette pack.
04:28
I started when I was like going in this
04:29
sort of transitional thing in my life.
04:32
So yeah, the boxes, more boxes...
04:33
Solace Sei, not very big man, but
04:36
he put the heater in back.
04:39
I ain't a flake but I eat 'em,
04:41
I eat corn flakes, corn flakes,
04:42
corn flakes, cheer flakes, cheer flakes.
04:47
Oo-oo-oo...cheer.
04:50
Cheer.
04:51
I got, hey, this shirt?
04:52
I saw this guy pushing a cart,
04:54
down like 9th street or something?
04:56
I said, dude, let me have your Michael Jackson shirt.
04:59
And I bought it off this homeless guy.
05:01
I soaked it in bleach, you know what I mean?
05:04
I love bleach bottles. (laughs)
05:07
My next show, well, anyway, you know,
05:08
you know the bottles? The sculpture? Gol-ly.
05:12
I do sculpture too.
05:17
Oh yeah, this is the legs of Luciana.
05:24
God, I shouldn't tell you all this.
05:26
The body of Patricia.
05:30
The amo, goat,
05:33
no head though.
05:35
I would like to just apologize
05:37
for not having a larger space to
05:40
show you all the work that I
05:42
anticipate putting in the Black Power Show.
05:47
No I'm just joking, I was just saying
05:49
Black Power BP huh-huh, no,
05:51
but anyway, no sorry.
05:53
So anyway, this is the space, no
05:57
this is this church, this is the steeple,
05:58
remember that one? And open the door?
06:00
And, okay, so anyway, this is like
06:03
a little totem, you didn't get to see those, uh,
06:05
the poles because, uh, the sculptures are off
06:09
in the other space. However,
06:14
I think you would agree, like
06:17
for instance, because we're not at the other space,
06:19
Claudio, what's that look like?
06:21
Does that look like a mass?
06:23
So this is what I started with, you know. Huh?
06:26
So what I did, you know, so what we're not seeing,
06:29
is a bunch of things that I painted black.
06:33
Not because I'm black, I just thought black
06:34
might be a, this, uh whatever. I'm just joking.
06:39
See you again, and um, hey,
06:41
I had fun, I don't know about you,
06:43
you know what I mean?
06:44
Caught me at the right time, I guess.
06:46
Even though, you know, it's good.
06:47
But I'll see you guys in the future, somewhere.
06:50
At some shows, you know, somewhere. Out there.
06:54
(hip hop music)