Bill Saylor emerged from the vibrant painting scene that developed in the 1990s in Brooklyn. Incredibly influential to a younger generation of painters, Saylor’s work is distinguished by his merging of explosive gestural abstraction with a comprehensive personal iconography, revealing an anthropogenic concern and interest in natural history, weather patterns, and marine biology. Saylor’s work recycles and reframes elements from graffiti, cave painting, and industrial production while mining the legacy of both American and European expressionism.
Bill Saylor has held solo exhibitions at Magenta Plains, New York; Galerie Julien Cadet, Paris; Leo Koenig Inc., New York; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn; and Loyal Gallery, Stockholm. Two-person shows include Bill Saylor & Josh Smith at Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo; Bill Saylor & Aidas Bareikis at Shoot The Lobster, New York; Bill Saylor & Donald Baechler at Makebish, New York; and Mason Saltarrelli and Bill Saylor at Shrine, New York. Saylor was included in Animal Farm at the Brant Foundation and has participated in group exhibitions at Venus Over Manhattan; CANADA, New York; Martos Gallery, Los Angeles; MIER Gallery, Los Angeles; Ceysson & Bénétière, Luxembourg and Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco. Saylor’s work was also included in Contemporary Painting curated by Alex Katz at the Colby College Museum of Art in 2004. In 2010, Saylor collaborated on the zine “Ho Bags” with Harmony Korine and he was an artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. Saylor has an upcoming two-person exhibition with Rob McLeish at Neon Parc in Brunswick, AU, and is included in a forthcoming three-person exhibition with Suzanna Wainhouse and Agathe Snow in East Hampton, NY.
[excerpted from Magenta Plains website: www.magentaplains.com]