We shared pictures from our studio visit with DC artist Kelly Towles earlier this month; in this video, hear from the artist on testing boundaries and what he calls “a graceful vandalism” of two iconic American artworks from Made in the USA.
Artist Kelly Towles and his dogs in his studio. All photos courtesy The Phillips Collection
Last week, DC-based artist and long-time Phillips fan Kelly Towles brought some of the masterworks from Made in the USAinto the 21st century—and gave them some attitude. Best known for his vibrant murals all around DC (think Toki Underground, DC Brau, U Street Music Hall) often featuring fantastical masked figures, Towles used spray paint and ink to add his signature street art style to reproductions of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s Miss Lillian Woakes (between 1890 and 1891) and Edward Hopper’s Approaching a City (1946). A limited number of t-shirts and totes with these images will be available in the museum shop in the coming weeks—stay tuned for more information.
We visited Towles’s studio to catch the artist at work:
Towles adding to Edward Hopper’s Approaching a City