We are excited to shine a major spotlight on a special group. A group of influencers, entrepreneurs and creatives locally as well as across the country that just make this city…cool. These men and women are masters of ideas and curation; they are our tastemakers, our thoughtleaders. They are the kings and queens of influence and originality and because of that, we call them The Influentials.
In this edition of The Influentials, get to know Dallas creative 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.)