“All of my work is rooted in my growing up in the Deep South. My work is in direct response issues plaguing African American culture, issues such as loss of ancestral roots, slavery, class, education, skin tone and religion. I want to create beauty from the hardships in life.”
Currently, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Mixed-Media Artist and Muralist, Stephen Towns was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Towns primarily works in oil, acrylic, and fiber drawing much of his visual inspiration from Medieval altarpieces, Impressionist paintings and wax cloth prints. His work has been exhibited at Galerie Myrtis, Gallery CA, Platform Gallery, Hood College and is in the collection of the City of Charlestown, South Carolina and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Most recently, Towns was honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, Travel Prize and received the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys Artist Grant in 2015.
“The portraits I create are not only glimpses of the sitters; they are also a reflection of myself and mirror my struggle to attain a sense of self-knowledge, self-worth and spirituality beyond the Christian values that are often idealized in African American culture.”