|About the Artist:
Steve Childs has been painting and drawing for four decades with particular interest in the human form. Childs began his studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts and then returned to his home state of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree in Illustration from Georgia State University. He later received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Utah State.
Since 1992 thousands of prints of Childs’ still life paintings have been sold worldwide, but he is perhaps best known for his paintings of ballet scenes and portraits. His subjects have included dancers from The Atlanta Ballet, The Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet West and the Utah Ballet. In 1982 Childs designed a promotional poster for The North Carolina Dance Theater's International tour. Since then some of his dance subjects have included dancer's from other companies such as The Atlanta Ballet, The Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet West and the Utah Ballet. Childs has had fundraiser benefit exhibitions for both the Cincinnati Ballet and the North Carolina Dance Theater. Childs has exhibited his work in one man, two person and group shows since 1982.
Childs has been recognized in numerous competitions, including: The Liquitex Excellence in Art where he was awarded a grant in 1993, The Artists Magazine’s annual portrait competition as a finalist in both the 1993 and 1998, and the National Portrait Competition as the exceptional merit award winner in 1996.
Childs has been represented in several publications, such as: American Artist, Art of the West, Charlotte Observer, Dance Magazine, Folio, Image, inSpire Magazine, The Mining Voice, The Portrait Signature, Pursuit, Southern Living’s 1998 Idea House USA Today and Winston Salem Journal.
In 1998 Steve Childs was asked to serve on the Advisory Board of the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA) where he continues to serve. He is presently head of ASOPA’s selection committee.
The Artist on His Art:
“I thoroughly enjoy what I do. What a blessing and joy it is to paint and share those paintings with others. The amazing part is touching so many lives and making new friends through my work."
He was a finalist and received the Exceptional Merit Award at the 1996 National Portrait Competition sponsored by The Portrait Institute and American Artist.
Childs was a grant recipient of the 1993 Liquitex Excellence in Art competition and a finalist in both the 1993 and 1998 The Artist's Magazine's annual portrait competition.
Childs' work was included in the 1997 Alabama Faces of Destiny Collection of Contemporary American Portraiture Exhibition.
American Artist Portrait Highlights (Special Edition 2006-2007)
The Charlotte Observer (January 8, 2006)
American Artist “Pursuing a Passion” by James Metcalf (June 2002)
Mining Voice, a publication of the National Mining Association (July/August 2002)
The Winston-Salem Journal's Arts Section, a cover story about his work (April 2001)
inSpire Magazine, a publication of Princeton Theological Seminary (Winter 2001)
Folio, a publication of the Portrait Society of Atlanta (Spring, 2000)
ASOPA's The Portrait Signature Composition, Value, Color and Likeness (September 1999)
Southern Living Idea House Showcase (1998)
Professional's Inside Tips ASOPA’s newsletter Balancing the Business of Art with the Creating of Art (Summer 1998)
Folio, a magazine of The Portrait Society of Atlanta (Spring 1998)
Image, a publication of The Washington Society of Portrait Artists (Summer 1998)
American Artist Taking Chances (February 1995)
USA TODAY. (September 28, 2001)
The Portrait Signature. Marc Pachter, Director of the National Portrait Gallery (Fall 2001)
American Artist. Conferences & Competitions for Portrait Painters. M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief of American Artist (March 2001)
International Artist. The Cornerstones of Good Painting (February/March 2001)
Art of the West magazine. Article about artist Richard Schmid (March/April 2000)
June 2000 and 2001 The International Portrait Competition.
June 2000 The Portrait Society of Atlanta's Members of Merit and Excellence Status.
1998 ASOPA’s Final Round of the Portrait Competition, a national competition.
Lectures/Workshops/Critique Panels/Advisory Boards:
In March, 2001 Childs was a Guest Lecturer at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
In June, 2000 and 2001 Childs was involved in the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA) Foundation's Portrait Arts Festival held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. At the festivals Childs was on several artists' panels and also led critique sessions at The National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York.
Childs continues to lecture to arts schools and organizations and most recently taught a portrait workshop at the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Childs also lectured/demonstrated at the ASOPA Festival in Montgomery, Alabama in 1998.
In 1998 Childs was asked to serve on the Advisory Board of the American Society of Portrait Artists where he continues to serve. Childs is head of ASOPA's selection committee. This committee reviews and critiques work submitted for inclusion on ASOPA's website.
Some of his clients and other publications include the following:
Crosby Golf Tournament, AMC Entertainment, The Book of the Month Club, Pinnacle Books, Ballantine Books, Neenah Paper, Yellow Freight Corporation, Mid-Atlantic Country, G Magazine, Furniture Today, Winston-Salem Magazine, ESPN, WGHP TV, WXII TV, Wake Forest University, RJ Reynolds, Century Furniture, Integon Corporation, Wachovia Bank, North Carolina Dance Theater, Dance Magazine, Pursuits, Atchison Daily Globe, Winn-Devon, Charter Properties, Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Forsyth Memorial Hospital and Senior Services.