Steve Hampton is a painter, writer, and art historian who lives and works in Los Angeles. He regularly lectures to professionals in the entertainment industry and has taught classes at the Art Center College of Design, Orange Coast College, Riverside Community College, and Mount San Antonio College. He has had solo shows at 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), Summer of Abstraction (Orange Coast College) and The Subterraneans (Torrance Art Museum). Along with getting his Master’s degree in art history from the University of California, Riverside in 2011, he has also curated shows around Los Angeles relating to themes of kitsch, monuments, and mourning, such as Super-Salon (Flagstop), Traumatic Materiality, and Savage Sentimentality (Autonomie). He is a board member of FAR (The Foundation for Art Resources) where he helped organize Pacific Non-Standard Time: FAR 1977-Present, FAR Bazaar, and many other projects. He 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 in Pasadena, where he received his B.F.A. in 2003. He is currently working on his first book about “Bad Painting” as well as having translated the text “Truth is Work” (Warheit ist Arbeit), co-authored by Albert Olhen.
Steven can be contacted at: hamptonsteve (at) gmail (dot) com