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