Through painting, Naylor's work explores and subverts social and cultural ideals and expectations, approaching the subject of control and of being controlled. Examining media representations of social dystopia and adapting imagery of popular culture, Naylor evolves an array of metaphorically macabre characters. Addressing the tension between freedom and domination, Naylor’s paintings portray a carnivalesque realm contorted with fear and violence.
'My work is orientated towards expressionism when painting. Initially I work fast, encouraging expressive mark making which evolves into something. Rather than controlling the paint, I let the paint do what it wants and select parts I feel are constructive in terms of form and content building. I am really interested in the journey from abstraction to realism, and back again.'