Charlie Haydn Taylor was born in Jersey, Channel Islands and is now based in London.
His work evokes a sense of contemplation and isolation, where the lines between the fictional and autobiographical collide. His most recent works respond to the emotional weight of isolation that can occur when living in a major city, paradoxically surrounded by millions of others. With regards to this, his work looks to convey a sense of the difference between private and public persona, where the viewer is able to place themselves into the pieces as a first-person participant. The stylistic approach of using both photographic realism collaged alongside flat, block colour paint is done in order to create a new, fictional reality where the interiors exist but still appear recognisable due to the sum of its parts. The inclusion of various objects, ranging from books to letters as well as household objects and consumer products, allows the viewer to form a narrative within each scene, guided subtly by these references. This is also a comment on society’s draw to the material, which Haydn Taylor states, “further sacrifices human connections, with technology being a large contributor to this idea”. A strong sense of both stillness and quietness form in his works as such.
Since 2020, Haydn Taylor has exhibited extensively in the UK and has formed a strong reputation in Asia, with upcoming shows in Seoul and Beijing. He is also considered a leading name in contemporary art on the island of Jersey, Channel Islands, where he was born. In 2025, Haydn Taylor’s first public artwork will be installed in Jersey’s capital, St.Helier. His work also resides in large private collections alongside pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.