Steven Hampton is a painter, writer, and art historian who lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had solo shows at Autonomie, Laurence Asher, and David Salow in Los Angeles and has recently been included in Oasis (Shangri-La Arts), Painting on Edge II (DEN Contemporary), The New Cool School (White Box Contemporary), The Subterraneans (Torrance Art Museum), and The Status of Portraiture (Autonomie).
Steven received his Master's degree in art history from the University of California, Riverside in 2011, and wrote his thesis on kitsch and "Bad Painting." While at UCR, he translated the text "Truth is Work" (Warheit ist Arbeit), co-authored by Albert Olhen. He has curated shows around Los Angeles relating to themes of kitsch, monuments, and mourning, including Super-Salon (Flagstop), Traumatic Materiality (Autonomie), and Savage Sentimentality (Torrance Art Museum).
Steven was awarded the Karl and Beverly Benjamin Fellowship while at Claremont Graduate University, where he received his M.F.A. in 2006. Steven is also a graduate of the Art Center College of Design, receiving his B.F.A. in 2003. He regularly lectures to professionals in the entertainment industry and has taught classes at the Art Center College of Design, Laguna College of Art and Design, Orange Coast College, Riverside Community College, and Mount San Antonio College. He is a board member of the Foundation for Art Resources (FAR), helping to organize Pacific Non-Standard Time: FAR 1977-Present, FAR Bazaar, among other projects. He is currently working on his first book about "Bad Painting."
Steven can be contacted at: hamptonsteve (at) gmail (dot) com
September 2-October 10, 2014
Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
Online exhibition link
Public Offerings 20/20
Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA
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