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; 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.

Born in 1960, Willow Grove, PA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions


Le Deuce Deuce, with Mason Saltarrelli, The Arts Center at Duck Creek, East Hampton, NY


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


Shadow Ballers, Magenta Plains, New York, NY
Bill Saylor and Mason Saltarrelli, Shrine Gallery, NY


Bill Saylor, Makebish, New York, NY


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


Liquidy Split, Makebish, New York, NY
Bill Saylor & Aidas Bareikis, Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY


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


Ghost Light Junkie, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Artist in Residence Bill Saylor, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX


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


No Confusion, Big Mistakes, Loyal, Stockholm, SE


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


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


Espontaneo, Spokane Falls College, Spokane, WA


Why Go Anywhere?, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY
1999 Bill Saylor, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

Group Exhibitions


Friends & Family, Magenta Plains, New York, NY
Unearthed by JC, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL
Path of the Storm, Sunny NY, New York, NY
NADA House, New York, NY


100!, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, SE


Way Off Somewhere, Marvin Gardens, Queens, NY
Lexus of Inglewood, organized by Alex Becerra, Inglewood, CA


Carry the Bend, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY
Upstairs Art Fair (with Magenta Plains), Amagansett, NY


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


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


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, Mexico City, MX
Ubiquity, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY


LIFE, curated by The Journal Gallery, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
Volatile, Galleri Jacob Bjørn, AU

Other Weather, Vilinias Art Academy, LT


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


Dangerous Curve Ahead, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT

Casa de Empeño, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY


Make, White Flag Projects, Saint Louis, MO
MAKE Skateboards, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY
Immanent Domain, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


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


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


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


Kamp K48, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Searching for Love & Fire, David Castillo Modern and Contemporary, Miami, FL


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


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


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


Proper Villians, curated by David Hunt, Untitled Space, New Haven, CT
Leo Koenig Las Vegas, NV; Neonopolis, Las Vegas, NV


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


X-Mess, The American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Taking Stock, curated by Kenny Schachter, The Exchange Building, New York, NY


Phone, Dooley La Cappelane Gallery, New York, NY


The Real Thing, curated by Erik Oppenheim, New York, NY


Unlearning, curated by Kenny Schachter, 142 Greene Street, New York, NY