Stephen Mangum is a representational painter from San Francisco. Born in 1954 in Mississippi and a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, he works out of studios in Sausalito and Geyserville. His paintings been juried into and won awards in numerous competitions and featured in art journals and other publications. His work is in private collections across the U.S.
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 recent works have been large-scale portraits of amazing and yet ordinary people from chance encounters. Painting in an expressive realism style, I attempt to reveal spirit and fortitude. I believe the purpose of art is to communicate, and with my paintings, I communicate hope through a celebration of the vitality of humanity.