A vibrant undertaking of some of society’s most pressing issues, the work of Haydn Taylor uses the intimacy of home interior’s to discuss both personal human dilemmas as well as broader issues ranging from government surveillance to the effect of mental health on individual behaviour. A modernisation on the classic British pop art of the 1960’s, Haydn Taylor utilises key themes from well known artworks to relate back to the central idea of each piece. This ranges from inclusion of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings as a reference to pharmaceutical use to Francis Bacon’s feature as a comment on the depicted figures’ struggles with their own human condition.
By combining the recognisable interiors with his own bold, block colours, Haydn Taylor has created his own world where the figures exist in such a way as to comment on the negative progression that has formed in parts of society. By collaging in figures who would have existed prior to many of the issues touched upon in the work, Haydn Taylor creates a visual paradox that comments on how we, in many ways, may have regressed as a society.
Having graduated from Goldsmiths University in 2018, Haydn Taylor has since exhibited in influential art cities from London to Florence and has picked up representation from a handful of galleries in the UK as well as Singapore. He is also slowly becoming an important name in the progression of contemporary art on the island of Jersey, where he is currently based.
Previous collaborations include creating album artwork for the signer, songwriter Louis III, whose song ‘Anywhere’ with DJ duo Sigma has over 60 million listens. He was also 1 of 5 winners of the Unsigned prize for illustration run by Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 2020.
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