Sean Landers Joins Timothy Taylor

9 November 2023

Timothy Taylor is pleased to announce the representation of Sean Landers in London. The gallery will present an exhibition of new work by the artist in the UK in spring 2024. Landers will continue to be represented by Petzel Gallery in New York.

Landers is critically acclaimed for his conceptual approach to painting, alternately drawing from his life experience and canonical references. His work features an arsenal of idiosyncratic personae that have personal resonance: marooning mariners, clowns, and animals both wild and domesticated. In depictions of natural disasters, the artist has shifted his practice to sardonic critiques of the ongoing climate crisis. In the tradition of Winslow Homer, his recent work fixates on maritime subjects, including boats, lighthouses, whale skeletons, and the sea itself. Landers’s diaristic, text-based paintings were instrumental in defining the art landscape of the 1990s, and he has continued to employ text throughout his career, both alone and in darkly poetic conversation with his subjects. He is celebrated for his deeply empathetic figurative works, which shine a searing light on both our collective insecurities and the artist’s own. 

“I have admired Sean's work for many years and have been consistently surprised and impressed by the way in which his paintings reflect the realities of contemporary life. It's a privilege to have him join the gallery, and I look forward to his first show next year.”— Timothy Taylor, Founder

Sean Landers was born in 1962 in Palmer, MA and lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1986. Surveys of his work were mounted by Kunsthalle Zürich in 2004; Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis in 2010; and Le Consortium, Dijon in 2020. His recent exhibitions include solo shows at Petzel Gallery, New York; Various Small Fires, Dallas; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; greengrassi, London; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Capitain Petzel, Berlin; and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo. In October 2023, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature à Paris presented Sean Landers: Animal Kingdom, a solo presentation of the artist’s animal portraits.

Landers’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Dallas Art Museum; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City; Brooklyn Museum of Art; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others.