Stephen Mangum is a representational painter born in 1954 in Mississippi and currently living and working in San Francisco, California. His work varies among figurative, portrait and still life formats to document themes of temporality, transience, and fetishism in an expressive contemporary realism style. Recent exhibitions include the 2017 National Exhibition at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, "Portrayal(l)" and “Choose Where You Sit” at the Diego Rivera Gallery in San Francisco; the 2016 Left Coast Annual juried competition at Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA; the 3rd Annual Juried Show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts in Piedmont, CA; and the 2015 “Art of the Heartland” competition sponsored by the Southwest Artists Association in Mena, AR. His work is in private collections throughout the US.
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 are representations of the complex texture of human life, temporal and transient, using realism constructed with an expressive visual language that reflects my interpretations of our being, contemporary phrases in the verse of life. Through impressions of our world that speak both to us and about us, my work documents our existence and brings visibility to our shared passage. I imagine I explore humanity to find meaning in my own life.