George Towne


George 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 Michael Mut Gallery, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery; and Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. His work has been reproduced and written about in publications such as American Artist Magazine, Time Out New York, and Metrosource. George has settled in New York's East Village neighborhood, and has continued with his love of painting and depicting male images and landscape/citiscape.


George Towne

Occupation: Painter / Visual Artist


M.F.A. School of Visual Arts 1997

B.F.A. School of Visual Arts 1990

One & Two-Person Exhibitions:


“George Towne: Portraits & Landscapes” 6/2012

One-Person Exhibition 6/1 – 7/14,

Michael Mut Gallery, 97 Avenue C (near 6th Street), NYC


“The Company Of Men: Recent Paintings By George Towne” 6/2011

One-Person Exhibition 6/2 – 7/9,

Michael Mut Gallery, 97 Avenue C (near 6th Street), NYC


“Portraits by Aileen Boyce and George Towne” 9/2004

The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY

“George Towne – Portraits” 2/2004

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY


“The Ground Zero Portraits – New Work by George Towne” 9/2003

The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY


“Full Frontal – Paintings & Prints by George Towne” 11/2002

LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St., NYC

Recent (Selected) Group Exhibitions:


LGBT Center, "Art & Sin" - Black Party Posters, Artists Drawings 3/2012

Cheim & Read, "Postcards From The Edge", Benefit for Visual AIDS 1/2012


Forever & Today Gallery, "Petite Mort-Book Launch" 9/17 9/2011

SVA Westside Gallery, "Condition X" SVA Alumni Show 8/6-8/20 8/2011

The Forbes Galleries, "The Timberfield 10" 60 Fifth Ave 6/23-7/30 6/2011

P.J.S. Exhibitions, "Seduction - Queer Visions of Masculinity", NYC 4/2011

CRG Gallery, “Postcards From The Edge” – Benefit for Visual AIDS 1/2011


Leslie-Lohman Gallery, “Art & AIDS: Loving Life”, NYC 10/2010

LGBT Center, “Harvey Redding’s ‘Muscle Beach Sexy Art Party’” 8/2010

Leslie-Lohman Gallery, “Drawn Together”, curated by Rob Rosen 2/2010

Envoy Enterprises, “artistsFOR:HAITI (Benefit)”, NYC 2/2010

ZieherSmith Gallery, “Postcards From The Edge”, NYC 1/2010


Leslie-Lohman Gallery, “Living For The Moment”, GMHC Show 11/2009

Envoy Enterprises, “The Sparky Project”, NYC 9/2009

LGBT Center, “Stripped, Uncensored Book Party/Exhibition” 8/2009

LGBT Center, “Harvey Redding’s ‘Painted Boy Erotic Art Fair’” 4/2009

Metro Pictures, “Postcards From The Edge”, NYC 1/2009


The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Bridge Art Fair, Booth 8, Miami, FL 12/2008

Leslie-Lohman Gallery, “Art, Actually”, curated by Charles Leslie 3/2008


James Cohan Gallery, “Postcards From The Edge”, NYC 12/2007

SVA Westside Studios, “Printmaking Summer Residency Show” 8/2007


Sikkema Jenkins & Co, “Postcards From The Edge” 12/2006

SVA Westside Studios, “Painting Summer Residency Show” 8/2006

Recent Selected Press / Publications:

Out Traveler, Online Edition, "Selections from Petite Mort", Pictorial 10/2011

Art & Understanding, "Band of Brothers", Feature by Chael Needle 8/2011

Chelsea Now, Listings Article "The Art of Pride" by Scott Stiffler 6/2011

Metrosource, Image Reproduction 6/2010

Art & Understanding, show coverage, Angela Leroux-Lindsay 5/2010

Next Magazine, Full Cover Image Reproduction 2/2010

American Artist Magazine, Feature Article by M. Stephen Doherty 12/2009

The Archive Journal of LLGAF No. #23, Interview by Nelson Santos 4/2007

HX Magazine, Feature Article by Joe E. Jeffreys 10/2002

Blue Magazine (Australia), Feature by Robert Vescio 8/2002

Art & Understanding (A&U) – Feature by Alistair McCartney 9/2001

Art Book Anthology Inclusion:

"Petite Mort:Recollections/Queer Public", Forever & Today, Inc. 2011

“100 Artists Of The Male Figure”, Schiffer Publishing 2011

“Big Love: Sexy Bears In Gay Art”,,Germany 2011

“Completely Stripped”,, Germany 2010

“Stripped, Uncensored”,, Germany 2009

“Powerfully Beautiful”, Firehouse Studio Publications 2009

Teaching Experience:

School of Visual Arts: “Pre-College Program for High School Students”.

Courses taught:

“Basic Painting” & “Portfolio Preparation”


Awards / Grants / Residencies:

Visual AIDS – Artists’ Materials Grants '11, ’10, ’09, ‘07

SVA Summer Studio Residencies, Printmaking Sum ’07, Painting Sum ‘06

Stonewall Community Foundation’s Billy Heekin Arts Award 2002

Paula Rhodes Memorial Award / SVA 1997

SVA Alumni Society Award 1990