Tramaine Townsend Dallas Artist The City Influencer

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In this edition of The Influentials, get to know Dallas creative Tramaine Townsend.

Tramaine Townsend Dallas Artist The City Influencer

Tramaine Townsend


Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Designer

GameChanger: My most recent exhibition was called Terminus. It was at Level Gallery here in Dallas. Terminus features twelve enchanting portraits of familiar strangers; capturing a glimpse of what their fears, curiosities and excitements are moments before their world comes to an end. The series stretches the viewer’s imagination and challenges the audience’s perspectives of collective consciousness. These portraits instigate an internal dialogue for the viewer to discover and relish in their greatest aversions and unsung pleasures before it’s too late or just begins. Death can sometimes be a taboo topic of discussion that requires self-examination. That kind of inner dialogue can lead one’s thoughts towards the chilling fear of not knowing what comes next. These portraits illustrate that emotion as part of a larger body of work, leading up to a film. This was the first part of many. There will be more to come soon.

City/Neighborhood: Oak Cliff

How would you describe your artistic style? Dynamic. I’ve always been able to utilize a diverse range of mediums to illustrate my creations and concepts. Lately, it has been mostly films and media installations. I used to think it was a gift and a curse all at the same time to learn and use so many, but it was a way for me  to discover myself as an artist which now I truly appreciate and still use today. (Check out his inspirational style on Instagram.)

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Leif Podhajsky

 Who or what influences you creatively? My inspiration comes from all over. From films to music. Architecture to design. From the obscure to the blatant in your face style. I’m constantly looking for visuals.  Some of the individuals/collectives who influence me currently are: Donald Glover, Hiro Murai,Flying Lotus, Leif Podhajsky,Samuel Burgess, Haw-lin Services, Hugo & Marie. To name a few.

Tramaine Townsend Dallas Artist The City Influencer

Your day job? I work at a post production company called Charlie Uniform Tango. I’m a motion graphics artist and designer there. Always have been. It’s what I went to college for. It’s a commercial advertising world and one where I have learned most of my technical skills from. Applying those rules to my artistry has been a significant asset to me as an artist. I also work out of a studio called Weld. It’s a community space for creatives. I utilize that for my works on nights and weekends.

Tremaine Townsend Aurora Prelude Dallas Arts District The City Influencer

Aurora Prelude

Your thoughts on the current landscape for in Dallas/Fort Worth for artists? I’ve lived in Dallas for some time now and have noticed a significant change in the city in the past few years. There was a time when I had thoughts of leaving here because I believed the opportunities of being an artist and creative here was so skewed. A city unwilling to accept that the artists here; that strive to push more and be seen, rather than overlooked by as an out-of-town artist because of the city they came from. Now its a whole lot better, and I think it has to do a lot with social media. The platform is strong enough to get people to know what happens inside the city with the artists here. We’re also a small community that have been in the game for a while so now we have risen up and support each other better. Especially to the younger artist who are making their strides now as well.
If someone is new to DFW, do you have a favorite restaurant and/or place for fun? I usually would suggest Deep Ellum if anything for good music and going out to start. Good energy and vibes. Off The Record, Drugstore Cowboy to start. My favorite restaurant is Ten Ramen. You can usually catch me in there once or twice in the week. Small, chill and intimate. The staff there is amazing.
Ten Ramen Deep Ellum

credit: Kathy Tran, Dallas Observer

What can we expect to see from you in 2017? There will be more video/film projects from me in the next few months. Continuing with Terminus series and the film. Another photographic side series attached to that as well. A couple of installations as well for public art too.
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