Sam-Taylor Wood


Sam Taylor-Wood was born in London 4 March 1967. She is an english conceptual artist and famous for photographs and films that examine. She is currently living and working in London.

sam-taylor-wood-4   Sam Taylor-Wood, Self Portrait Suspended (2004)

Her work examines the split between being and appearance, often placing her human subjects – either singly or in groups – in situations that could go any way and in which any number of things could happen, where the line between interior and external sense of self is in conflict. Films like ‘Strings’ (2004) and her photographic series ‘Self Portrait Suspended’ (2004), display the vulnerability and fragility of the human body and self.

fashion-graphics-2_1084633a        Sam Taylor Wood, Bram Stroker`s chair series

In 1990 Taylor-Wood graduated from Goldsmith’s college London. She worked at the Royal Opera House and managed the Camden Palace nightclub, before she started her career as an artist. The work Killing Time in 1994 was her breakthrough. Since 1996 Taylor-Wood is using professional actors and has often featured celebrity friends such as Elton John, included in a large photo work, Robert Downey Jr in a promotional video, a video portrait of David Beckham sleeping, comissioned by the National Portrait Gallery. Furthermore she is a long time collaborator with the Pet Shop Boys.

Sam Taylor-Wood, Escape Artist, Selfportrait (2008)

In 1997 she received the Illy Café Prize for Most Promising Young Artist at the Venice Biennale and was nominated for the Turner Prize. In 2002 she was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Hayward Gallery, London.      


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