Stephen Towns is a painter and fibre artist working primarily in oil, acrylic and quilting. His work explores the African Diaspora and examines how American history influences contemporary society. He creates in direct response to issues that have affected African-American culture–issues such as loss of ancestral roots, slavery, class, education, skin tone and religion. The subjects in Towns’ works are not only glimpses of the sitters; they are also a reflection of himself and mirror his struggle to attain a sense of self-knowledge, self-worth and spirituality. His practice provides an avenue for him to process all that he has learned about the violence of American history and imparted a framework on how to navigate and articulate the current anger and frustration that exists throughout the world today.
Towns received a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from the University of South Carolina. His work has been exhibited locally and across the USA, including solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Galerie Myrtis, both Baltimore, as well as group exhibitions at Arlington Art Center, Newbury; Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel; Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum, Baltimore.