Willow Grove, b.1960

Bill Saylor

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, NY; Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, SE. Two-person shows include “Bill Saylor & Josh Smith” at Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, JP; “Bill Saylor & Aidas Bareikis” at Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY;...

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Biography

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, NY; Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, SE. Two-person shows include “Bill Saylor & Josh Smith” at Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, JP; “Bill Saylor & Aidas Bareikis” at Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY; “Bill Saylor & Donald Baechler” at Makebish, New York, NY; and “Mason Saltarrelli and Bill Saylor” at Shrine, New York, NY. Saylor was included in “Animal Farm” at the Brant Foundation and has participated in group exhibitions at Venus Over Manhattan, NY; CANADA, New York, NY; Martos Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; MIER Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Ceysson & Bénétière, Luxembourg and Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA. 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. Bill Saylor lives and works in Upper Black Eddy, PA and Brooklyn, NY

Artworks

13

Breakers Gold, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Art / Anthropologic Approach / Art of the 2010s / Canvas / Charcoal / Contemporary American Art / Flashe / Gestural Abstraction / Impasto / Inspired by Nature / Large Scale Installation/Sculpture / Mixed Media Art / Mixed Media Painting / Mixed Media Sculpture / New York / Oil Paint / Painting / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / Sculpture / Spray Paint / Textured Surface / Totemism/Animism / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    (Forthcoming) with Rob McLeish, Neon Parc, Melbourne, AU

  • 2019

    Neptune’s Machine, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Shadow Ballers, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    (Forthcoming), Marvin Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2018

    Carry the Bend, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY

  • Upstairs Art Fair (with Magenta Plains), Amagansett, NY

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Curriculum Vitae

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    (Forthcoming) with Rob McLeish, Neon Parc, Melbourne, AU

  • 2019

    Neptune’s Machine, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Shadow Ballers, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

  • Bill Saylor and Mason Saltarrelli, Shrine Gallery, NY

  • 2015

    Bill Saylor, Makebish, New York, NY

  • 2014

    Solo booth, NADA New York, Makebish, New York, NY

  • 2012

    Liquidy Split, Makebish, New York, NY

  • Bill Saylor & Aidas Bareikis, Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY

  • 2011

    Audio Tuna Sunshine, Leo Koenig Inc, New York, NY

  • 2010

    Ghost Light Junkie, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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Artist in Residence Bill Saylor, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX

  • 2009

    If fantasies came by the gallon, this baby could run forever, Leo Koenig Inc. New York, NY

  • 2007

    No Confusion, Big Mistakes, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2006

    Bill Saylor & Josh Smith, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, JP

  • 2003

    Softail Project, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

  • 2002

    Espontaneo, Spokane Falls College, Spokane, WA

  • 2001

    Why Go Anywhere?, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    (Forthcoming), Marvin Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2018

    Carry the Bend, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY

  • Upstairs Art Fair (with Magenta Plains), Amagansett, NY

  • 2017

    Feed the Meter, Volume II, Galerie Ceysson & Bénétière, LU

  • Animal Farm curated by Sadie Laska, The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT

  • Drawing Island, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2016

    The Great Figure Part 2, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Bill Saylor, Aidas Bareikis, Kim Dorland, MIER Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Lightshow 1968: Donald Baechler & Bill Saylor, Makebish, New York, NY

  • CANADA Gallery Booth curated by Katherine Bernhardt, Frieze, New York NY

  • 2015

    Charmed, Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY

  • I Painting II, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON

  • Whats Wrong With We?, Martos Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • The Negative Hand, Anonymous Gallery, CDMX

  • Ubiquity, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY

  • 2014

    LIFE curated by The Journal Gallery, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY

  • Volatile, Galleri Jacob Bjørn, AU

  • Other Weather, Vilinias Art Academy, LT

  • 2013

    Draw Gym, Organized by Brian Belott, 247365 and Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2012

    Dangerous Curve Ahead, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT

  • Casa de Empeño, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2011

    Make, White Flag Projects, Saint Louis, MO

  • MAKE Skateboards, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY

  • Immanent Domain, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • 2010

    Salad Days, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • De-Nature, Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • In Dialogue: Four Generations of Painting curated by Peter Makebish, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2009

    Jr. and Sons curated by Joe Bradley, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY

  • Get It Right Back To Where We Started From…, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

  • Sneak Peek, Loyal, Stockholm, SE

  • 2008

    Peanut Gallery, curated by Joe Bradley, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Faxination, Loyal, Stockholm, SE

  • Between Us…, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

  • The Ice Cream Show, Loyal, Stockholm, SE

  • Lily Ludlow, Bill Saylor and Anke Weyer, Aaron Brewer, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

  • 2006

    Kamp K48, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

  • Searching for Love & Fire, David Castillo Modern and Contemporary, Miami, FL

  • 2005

    The Zine Unbound: Kults, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies, Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA

  • New York’s Finest, CANADA Gallery, New York, NY

  • Monster Painting, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

  • Hope Auction for Amina Tastini, Passerby, New York, NY

  • is there anybody out there?, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, JP

  • NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL

  • 2004

    Contemporary Painting curated by Alex Katz, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

  • So Little Time, So Many Mistakes curated by Josh Smith, Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

  • K48 Launch Auction, Agnes B Store, Soho, New York, NY

  • Stop & Store, Luxe Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2003

    Age of Unreason, M.O.C.A., D.C., Washington DC

  • 2002

    Proper Villians curated by David Hunt, Untitled Space, New Haven, CT

  • Leo Koenig, Las Vegas, NV; Neonopolis, Las Vegas, NV

  • 2001

    Strictly Painting 2, Voges & Deisen, Frankfurt am Main, DE

  • Aidas Bareikis, Torben Giehler, and Bill Saylor, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, GR

  • Come on Feel the Noise, Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, DK

  • Escape Velocity, Miller Durazo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Burglar curated by Elizabeth Balogh, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY

  • Leo Koenig, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

  • You Are Now Leaving the Goldie-Locks Zone, M.O.C.A., D.C., Washington, DC

  • Machine Gun Etiquette, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY

  • Pets, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY

  • Solar Perplexus, Spanish Kitchen, Los Angeles, CA