Lincoln Townley

Lincoln Townley (b.1972) is one of the world’s leading contemporary figurative artists. Over the past ten years, works have been exhibited internationally and bought by some of the most famous and powerful people on earth as investment grade art.


“As a visual poet of violence, Lincoln Townley’s figurative paintings capture the darker side of the human experience and apprehend it within recognisable gestures and a menacing palette.
Having participated in the 2019 Venice Biennale, with exhibitions in New York City, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Singapore, the highly successful self-represented artist creates looming images of the foulest gradients of our soul.

His ability to capture the darkness of his sitters has made him a portraitist of several celebrities such as Al Pacino, John Cleese and Russell Brand, while still working in parallel collections that encompass the experience of contemporary malice.

After having found solace in the work of artists like Francis Bacon and Edvard Munch, his art continues to reclaim the experience of confrontation and doubt, as when looking into a stained reflection, unsure – and scared – if what we just saw is indeed our own spectral image.”

– Sotheby’s, New York

  • Section: Painting
  • Venue: Palazzo Bembo
  • Based in: Cheshire/London, UK
  • Links: Website, Instagram

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