Although my work is more intuitive and personal, I’m always attracted to artists who clearly communicate a strong, meaningful message. Stephen Mangum is one such artist. He grew up in the south in the 50s and 60s and witnessed firsthand disturbing events during the civil rights movement. However, only a child, the horrific scenes of that time seeped into his psyche. They are what compels him to paint today. It’s not the work he wants to do, but rather the work he has to do.

Listen to his story.

Stephen’s work powerfully reveals how certain societal injustices never change. At a large scale, the juxtaposition of two starkly contrasting scenes is felt viscerally. His work makes us see ourselves and the human condition more clearly. A self-identified born crusader, Stephen brings startlingly emotional purpose to his work. It is truly admirable.

Let me know your thoughts about Stephen’s art in the comments and check out more of his work on his website or follow him on Instagram.

Have an awesome Sunday!


PS Check out the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group. Every day, artists from all over the world are creating amazing art, and you are invited!