This book showcases recent paintings, drawings, and ephemera from artist Bill Saylor, published on the occasion of his 2019 exhibition, Neptune's Machine, at Magenta Plains, New York, NY, and featuring an introduction by Carlo McCormick.
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 Brooklyn, NY.