Artist Spotlight: George Towne

Towne's warm gaze infuses his paintings with life, and even love.

BY Christopher Harrity

March 22 2014 7:37 AM ET


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About George Towne: Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Port Jervis, New York, George Towne realized he loved drawing as a young man, and often found himself copying caricatures out of old Mad Magazines.  After his high school art teacher bought him his first set of oil paints, he started to become more serious about art making, and then interested in old master’s works of Caravaggio, Velasquez and the American painter Thomas Eakins.   

Towne came to New York City 20 years ago to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he earned both a B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree.  His paintings have been featured in galleries including the Leslie/Lohman Gallery in New York City, The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island, New York; and Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, in Narrowsburg, New York.  He will be the subject of a one-person exhibition called "Painted Love: Artwork by George Towne" at Michael Mut Gallery in July 2013.

His work has been reproduced and written about in publications such as American Artist Magazine, Time Out New York, and HXNext Magazine put a piece on the spring 2010 cover.  Recently, he has been attending the gay men's "Erotic Life Drawing" groups, including  "The Leslie/Lohman Erotic Drawing Studio".

George has settled in New York's East Village neighborhood, and has continued with his love of painting and depicting masculine images.

You can find out more about George Towne and see more of his work on his web site.

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