Towne’s work is engaging, sexually charged, and is set in defined backgrounds. This allows him to highlight specific light sources and utilize his “Painterly Realistic” style.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Port Jervis, New York, Towne realized he loved drawing as a young man, and often found himself copying caricatures out of old "Mad" Magazines. After his high school art teacher bought him his first set of oil paints, he started to become more serious about making art. Towne cites Old Masters Caravaggio and Velasquez, as well as American painter Thomas Eakins, as his influences.
Towne’s grants, residencies, and awards include: Visual AIDS Materials Grant, 2007, 2009, 2010; SVA Summer Studio Residencies, 2006, 2007; Stonewall Community Foundation, 2002; Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, 1997; and the SVA Alumni Society Award.
His work has been reproduced and written about in publications such as American Artist Magazine, Time Out New York, and HX. Next Magazine put a piece on the Cover in Spring 2010. Recently, he has been attending two Gay Men's "Erotic Life Drawing" groups: "The Leslie/Lohman Erotic Drawing Studio" and "Harvey Redding's Queer Men's Erotic Art Workshop" that meets at the LGBT Center.
George has settled in New York's East Village neighborhood, and has continued with his love of painting and depicting masculine images.