Steve Childs is best known for his figurative paintings of dancers and portraits. He has painted the human form and figure for over forty years. He has been featured in International Artist, The Portrait Signature, Dance Magazine, and featured three times in American Artist. He has been interviewed by numerous other publications including USA Today, Art of the West and The Artist's Magazine. His most recent award was from the Salon International Exhibition. He has been a juror for many competitions including the International Portrait Competition. Along with painting, Childs is currently directing the documentary film And We Will Dance about the life of a handful of dance students at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Steve Childs began his formal art studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts and received his Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree in Illustration from Georgia State University. He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Utah State University.
Steve Childs was featured in American Artist Portrait Highlights (Special Edition 2006-2007) and the Charlotte Observer (January 8, 2006) and was featured in the June, 2002 issue of American Artist in an article written by James Metcalf titled, “Pursuing a Passion.” Childs was interviewed for a USA TODAY article which appeared in the September 28, 2001 issue. Childs' interview article with Marc Pachter, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, appeared in the Fall issue of The Portrait Signature. Childs' work was featured in the July/August issue of Mining Voice, a publication of the National Mining Association. Childs was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal's Arts Section April, 2001 in a cover story about his work. In March, 2001 Childs was a Guest Lecturer at Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Steve Childs was featured in the February/March, 2001 issue of International Artist magazine in which he was interviewed by International Artist in an article title The Cornerstones of Good Painting. Childs was interviewed by M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief of American Artist, for the magazine's March, 2001 issue. The article is titled Conferences & Competitions for Portrait Painters. Childs' portrait of Rev. David Burr was reproduced in the Winter, 2001 inSpire Magazine, a publication of Princeton Theological Seminary. In June, 2000 and 2001 Childs was involved in the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA) Foundation's Portrait Arts Festival held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. At the festivals Childs was on several artists' panels and also led critique sessions at The National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York. In June, 2000 and 2001 Childs was a juror for the International Portrait Competition. In Spring, 2000 Childs was featured in Folio, a publication of the Portrait Society of Atlanta. In June, 2000 Childs was a juror for the Portrait Society of Atlanta's Members of Merit and Excellence Status. Childs was quoted in the March/April 2000 issue of Art of the West magazine in an article about artist Richard Schmid. Childs recently completed a portrait for the cover of musician Jim Morgan's just released CD "Advent." Childs was a featured artist in ASOPA's September, 1999 issue of The Portrait Signature in an article titled Composition, Value, Color and Likeness. Childs continues to lecture to arts schools and organizations and most recently taught a portrait workshop at the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Childs also lectured/demonstrated at the ASOPA Festival in Montgomery, Alabama in 1998. Childs was a juror for the final round of the 1998 Portrait Competition, a national competition held by ASOPA. Childs' work was included in the 1998 Southern Living Idea House Showcase. Childs' article Balancing the Business of Art with the Creating of Art was published in the summer, 1998 issue of Professional's Inside Tips, the newsletter of ASOPA. Childs was featured in the Spring, 1998 issue of Folio, a magazine of The Portrait Society of Atlanta and was the featured artist in the Summer, 1998 issue of Image, a publication of The Washington Society of Portrait Artists. In 1998 Childs was asked to serve on the Advisory Board of the American Society of Portrait Artists where he continues to serve. Childs is head of ASOPA's selection committee. This committee reviews and critiques work submitted for inclusion on ASOPA's website. Childs' work was included in the 1997 Alabama Faces of Destiny Collection of Contemporary American Portraiture Exhibition. He was a finalist and received the Exceptional Merit Award at the 1996 National Portrait Competition sponsored by The Portrait Institute and American Artist. Childs was a featured artist in the February, 1995 issue of American Artist in an article titled Taking Chances. In 1995 Childs co-founded The Crit Group, a support group for artists in the Kansas City area. Childs was a grant recipient of the 1993 Liquitex Excellence in Art competition and a finalist in both the 1993 and 1998 The Artist's Magazine's annual portrait competition. In 1982 Childs designed a promotional poster for The North Carolina Dance Theater's International tour. Since then some of his dance subjects have included dancer's from other companies such as The Atlanta Ballet, The Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet West and the Utah Ballet. Childs has had fundraiser benefit exhibitions for both the Cincinnati Ballet and the North Carolina Dance Theater. Childs has exhibited his work in one man, two person and group shows since 1982.
Some of his clients and other publications include the following: Crosby Golf Tournament, AMC Entertainment, The Book of the Month Club, Pinnacle Books, Ballantine Books, Neenah Paper, Yellow Freight Corporation, Mid-Atlantic Country, G Magazine, Furniture Today, Winston-Salem Magazine, ESPN, WGHP TV, WXII TV, Wake Forest University, RJ Reynolds, Century Furniture, Integon Corporation, Wachovia Bank, North Carolina Dance Theater, Dance Magazine, Pursuits, Atchison Daily Globe, Winn-Devon, Charter Properties, Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Forsyth Memorial Hospital and Senior Services.
Steve was in Washington, D.C. for the unveiling of a portrait he painted of Eugene Ludwig, Former Comptroller of the Currency. Over 100 people attended the unveiling including former Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan. The portrait hangs in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Some interesting and prominent people that Childs has painted are: Richard Burr, United States Senator from North Carolina; Dr. Richard Dean, President of Wake Forest University Health Sciences; Dr. Julianne Still Thrift, President of Salem College and Academy; Dr. Eileen Wilson Oyelaran, Vice President and Dean of Salem College and Academy; Richard F. Jones, President of Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company; Brad Myers, President of Salem Electric Company; Eugene Ludwig, Former Comptroller of the Currency for the U.S. Department of the Treasury as well as a director for the FDIC; Garrison Keillor, best-selling author and host of National Public Radio's show "A Prairie Home Companion"; US Congressman Rob Portman, Republican Leadership Chairman; Arthur Tab Williams, Jr., CEO and Chairman of A.T. Williams Oil Company; L. Glenn Orr, Jr. , Former CEO of Southern National Bank and current CEO of The Orr Group; Dolph von Arx, Past President and CEO of Planters LifeSavers; Ben Craig, Past President of First Union National Bank; George McMillan Jr., former Lt. Governor of Alabama and current President, McMillan Associates; Stan Durwood, Chairman and CEO of AMC Entertainment; George Powell III, President of Yellow Freight Corporation; Victor Flow, Chairman and President of Flow Automotives; Henry H. Jordan, II, President of Coville Inc.; Carmon DeLeone, Music Director Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and Cincinnati Ballet; Senior United States District Judge Richard C. Erwin; Dr. Richard Boren, Founder Mandala Center; Norwood Robinson, Partner of Robinson & Lawing Law Firm; Dr. Bill Lambeth, Physician; Dr. Thad Jones, Pathologist; Liza Gusler, Curator at Historic Williamsburg; and David Burr, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC.
Since 1992 thousands of prints of Childs' still-life paintings have been sold worldwide.