"Our lives are simply the pursuit of internal fantasies complicated by the external realities we confront as we pass through this plane of existence. My paintings represent the complex texture of human life: temporal, transient, vulnerable and entropic. Using realism constructed with an expressive visual language, I paint contemporary phrases in the verse of life. Obsessed with relevance, I imagine I explore humanity to find meaning in my own life."
Stephen Mangum is a contemporary representational painter born in 1954 in Greenwood, Mississippi and currently living in San Francisco, California. He works out of studios in Sausalito and Geyserville, making paintings that vary among figurative, portrait and still life formats to document contemporary life in an expressive realism style. His artwork is in private collections across the US.
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