“CJ Taylor’s work occupies the intersection between time, history, memory and fictive realities. The images question the myth of photography as a static stage, allowing hyperreal fictions to play out their infinite possibilities.” – Aesthetica Magazine
“CJ Taylor’s photographs are provocative…whether the images are spiritual, conceptual or purely aesthetic seems to lie largely in the eye of the beholder. Ambiguous and beautiful, Taylor’s photographs are a celebration of beauty, imperfection, fragility and life.” – Lauren Tomczak, dB Magazine
“CJ Taylor’s genre-defying video is cinematic in atmosphere, poetic in sentiment and painterly in palette,’’ ~ Whyalla Art Prize.
“Taylor is creating works that look at how history, time and place can be present all at once in any given moment.”- Jane Llewellyn, Adelaide Review.
CJ Taylor’s practice examines notions of beauty and the grotesque in an Australian vernacular. He creates snapshots of a future embedded in the past, grounded in science and the arts, in proof and in theory, in fact and in fiction.
The connection between flora, fauna, history and contemporary challenges, social and political, when caught between events and phenomena looms large. The work is intimately about time. Slippery sensations of duration and place charged with beauty and danger. His work examines the intersections and productions of time, hyperreality and affect within the photographic image.
Exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the National Portrait Gallery’s Australian Photographic Portrait Prize, the Eighth Biennial CCP Documentary Photography Award, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, FutureGen at FotoFreo, Hatched at PICA, the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China, Art Central, Hong Kong, ArtVerona and ArteFiera, Italy, and the Asolo Art Film Festival.
He was the stills photographer for the Yolngu peoples’ project ‘12 Canoes‘ from 2007–2008 and a contributor to ‘Still Our Country‘. In 2014 he won the inaugural Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize, in 2017 the biennial Whyalla Art Prize. The same year he was awarded a PhD from the Australian National University.
Selected works can be purchased through .M Contemporary, Sydney, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, and Galleria Marcolini, Italy. For all other enquiries please get in touch directly using the form below.