CJ Taylor


CJ Taylor´s practice examines notions of beauty and the grotesque in an Australian vernacular. Using a combination of 19th Century photographic techniques and sophisticated digital systems, he creates compelling images of a future firmly embedded in the past. His practice embraces both science and the arts, proof and theory, fact and fiction.

´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)

Taylor won the Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize in 2014 and the Atkins Award in 2011 and has been a finalist in numerous prizes including the Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2012; the National Portrait Gallery Australian Photographic Portrait Prize 2011; the Biennial CCP Documentary Photography Award, 2011; William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, 2010; and Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, 2010. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including in Pingyao International Photography Festival in China.

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours Class 1) from the University of South Australia and is currently completing his PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra.