Stan Squirewell | Bio

A painter, photographer, installation and performance artist, Stan Squirewell creates multilayered work that deals with the subjects of race and memory through mythology, sacred geometry and science. His multifaceted practice draws from theory books, science fiction movies and novels, avant-garde jazz and indigenous storytelling.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Squirewell currently lives and works in New York, NY. His artistic training began at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He received his MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting in 2007. Since graduating he has continued his tutelage under many of DC’s legends including artists Michael Platt and Lou Stovall. He is privately and publicly collected, his works are in the Reginald Lewis Museum, the Robert Steele Collection and recently acquired by the Smithsonian for the African American Museum.

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“My creative process is rooted in questioning narratives that we are told and that we accept. In general this line of inquiry is a throughline in all my work. My source material is found photography from the 19th and early 20th century, usually portraiture of anonymous figures.”

Stan Squirewell