TOWNLEY Gallery is a contemporary art gallery featuring artists from around the world, located in downtown Laguna Beach, CA at 266 Forest Avenue.

TOWNLEY Arts Foundation Inc 501c3 ; “the direction” Started in 2004


Who is Shane Townley?

Artist / Founder / Director

After receiving a degree in the arts in 1994, Shane Townley moved from the west coast to New York to work in the advertising world as a commercial designer. It wasn’t until 2004 that Townley left New York and the commercial art world In search of a solo fine art career back on the west coast. Townley opened his first studio / gallery in San Clemente, CA in 2004 called GALLERY 104. This was a place to represent local artists and a place for people to meet and network in a bustling beach town in South Orange County, California. Two years later he opened a second gallery in Laguna Beach, CA. This was the 1st of 7 other galleries and projects he has founded and directed. Townley founded a non-profit foundation bringing art supplies to inner city schools and hospitals and is registered as a 501c3 with the federal government.

Townley’s Current, Past Projects and Accomplishments as Art Director:

Townley Arts Foundation INC 501c3, Brooklyn, NY “with a Focus on Art Supplies for Children”
Townley Art Foundation INC 501c3, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City
Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (2009-Current)
Townley |  Studio, Laguna Beach, CA (2009-Current)
Townley Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA (2006-2009)
Townley Wines, Napa Valley, CA (2004-current)
GALLERY 104, San Clemente, CA (2004-2014)
Gallery Surface, Laguna Beach, CA (2009)
DeBilzan Gallery (AKA) Gallery 224, Laguna Beach, CA (2014-2015)
LGOCA – Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, CA (founded 2012-Current)

iphone apps and art direction:

NewYorkART.com (current)
SanDiegoART.com (current)
BeverlyHillsART.com (current)
LagunaART.com (current)
ArtGalleryGo.com (current)
Townley.nyc (current)

shows as director, co-director (or) art consultant:

Axelle Gallery, Soho, NYC
Georges Berges Gallery, Soho, NYC
Pleiades Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
Van Der Plas Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC
Townley |  Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Mana Contemporary studio 225, Jersey City, NJ
Art Basel, Miami, FL
Plaiedes Gallery, Chelsea, NY
Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
LGOCA – Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, CA
GALLERY 104, San Clemente, CA


Biography

With Townley’s work and search for artists, he travels the world looking for inspirations of his journeys through social interactions with the local people, foods and cultures of which he’s visiting. Townley’s choice of the artists’ work is often described as having deep meaning, feeling, emotion and a story behind each artists’ concept bringing the viewer on a journey of meditation, calmness and peace which Townley strives for and has said to be his own healing process in the subjects he chooses.

All of the art work Townley represents is original and one of a kind wether its mixed media, enamal on wood, or oil paintings or acrylic paintings with texture on canvas.

Currently, Townley is an Internationally Collected Artist, Foundation Founder, Art Director. His own work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide. Townley has exhibited and curated shows in New York, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Las Vegas, Palm Desert, Monterey and Scottsdale, AZ with connections to galleries in Venice, Italy and Barcelona, Spain. Townley founded a non-profit group in 2013 dedicated to arts educations, small business advisory, all the while donating art supplies to children’s hospitals and inner city schools and arts programs. The non-profit group is called the Townley Foundation Inc. 501c3.

When Townley is not traveling the world in search of his next inspiration, New York is where he currently works and lives.


TOWNLEY (b. 1972)
Exhibitions (1994-present)

1994 – Platt School of Design
1998 – Worked for a newspaper in Upstate New York (Syracuse)
1999 – Commercial Graphic Designer for CNY Designs upstate New York (Syracuse)
2004 – 2007,  Gallery 104 Solo Exhibition
(104 South Ola Vista, San Clemente, Ca)
2004 – San Clemente Art Festival
2005 – San Diego Art Walk Festival
2006 – Beverly Hills Arts Association Juried Show
2007 – Gallery 104 (144 Ave. Del Mar)
2007 – Lu Martin Galleries – Laguna Beach, Ca
2007 – Gallery La La – Laguna Beach, Ca
2007 – Dana Point Art Festival Juried Show
2008 – Solo Exhibition – Townley Fine Art – Cress Street, Laguna Beach, Ca
2008 – Coast Gallery – San Juan Capistrano, Ca
2008 – Cove Gallery – Laguna Beach, Ca
2008 – Lu Martin Galleries – Laguna Beach, Ca
2008 – Sawdust Art Festival – Laguna Beach, Ca
2009 – Solo Exhibition – Townley Fine Art – Cress Street, Laguna Beach, Ca
2009 – Beverly Hills Art Association Juried Show
2009 – San Diego Art Walk Festival
2009 – Solo Exhibition – Townley gallery – Laguna Beach, Ca
2009 – Sawdust Art Festival – Laguna Beach, Ca
2009 – Laguna Beach Art Association Main Beach
2010 – Sawdust Art Festival – Laguna Beach, Ca
2010 – Solo Exhibition – Townley gallery – Laguna Beach, Ca
2010 – Beverly Hills Art Association Juried Show
2010 – Palm Springs Arts Association Juried Show
2010 – Scottsdale Arizona Art Association Group Juried Show
2010 – Gallery Surface Solo Exhibition, Laguna Beach, Ca
2011 – Calabasas Art Association Juried show
2011 – Sawdust Art Festival Laguna Beach, Ca
2011 – Townley Gallery Solo Exhibition Laguna Beach, Ca
2011 – San Diego Art Walk Festival
2011 – Malibu Art Association Festival
2011 – Palm Desert Arts Association Juried Show
2012 – Calabasas Art Association Juried Show
2012 – Townley gallery Solo Exhibition
2012 – Beverly Hills Art Association Juried Show
2012 – San Diego Art Walk Festival
2012 – Solo Exhibition LGOCA – Laguna gallery of Contemporary Art – Laguna Beach, Ca
2013 – Beverly Hills Art Association Festival
2013 – Townley gallery Solo Exhibition – Laguna Beach, Ca
2013 – LGOCA – Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art – Laguna Beach, Ca
2013 – Calabasas Art Association Juried Show
2014 – DeBilzan Gallery – Laguna Beach, Ca
2014 – Group Show Townley Gallery – Laguna Beach, Ca
2014 – Monterey Art Association Festival
2014 – Beverly Hills Art Association Festival
2014 – San Diego Art Walk Festival (April)
2015 – Townley gallery Group Show, Laguna Beach, Ca
2015 – Java Projects, Brooklyn, NYC (3 months)
2015 – Pleiades Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2015 – Townley | Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 – Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ (1 Year show)
2015 – Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami, FL
2016 – San Diego Art Walk Festival (April)
2016 – Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ (Open Studio April)
2016 – Pleiades Gallery, Chelsea, NY (Group Show March)
2016 – Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (Solo Exhibition April)
2016 – Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (Group Show Exhibition August)
2016 – Georges Berges Gallery, SoHo, New York (September)
2016 – Art at the Arboretum Benefit, Wayne New Jersey (9/24-25)
2016 – Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ (Andy Warhol and Johan Wahlstrom Sept. 25th)
2016 – Whitebox contemporary, LES, New York (Nov. Group show)
2017 – Casa Romantica, San Clemente, CA (Solo Exhibition)
2017 – Ngallery, Hoboken, NJ (Solo Exhibiton)
2017 – BAMboo Gallery, Tulum, Mexico (Solo Exhibition)
2017 – Townley Gallery Group Show, Laguna Beach, CA
2017 – Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ


“A New Surrealism” Shane Townley Art Work review by Clayton Daniels

The art work of Shane Townley is not what it seems. Or, it is exactly what it seems. Sly, these paintings are a mix of riddles and unanswered questions. Is it a simple landscape? Or, is it a careful prompt to larger questions and understandings about our surroundings?

A simple glance is all it takes to count the elements that comprise much of Townley’s work: a calm sky, a peaceful expanse, a line of trees not too far in the distance. Sometimes he shows us a road or path, some times not. The colors are soothing but dripping with emotion and paint. The composition is familiar, peaceful in its predictability. But there is more here, much more and like the “kitchen” poems of the late Jane Kenyon and Updike’s urban wastelands, Townley’s peaceful mindscapes are anything but peaceful.

The opening sequence of David Lynch’s, “Blue Velvet,” features a long slow zoom into a classic American exterior. Crisp, clean, comfortable it embodies a storybook that is as much of a part of American mythology as is the dream that all men are created equal. Lynch, like Townley, toys with us. Because as we get closer the camera takes us from benign detachment into the top few layers of soil beneath the perfectly manicured lawn and it is here that we see a teeming hoard of writhing violent murderous insect life. In Lynch’s and Townley’s shared vision, the peaceful is not the truth. The peaceful is the myth, the mask that disguises the truth. A difficult disturbing truth we all share.

In Townley’s exquisite work we know there is chaos beneath surface. The expanse of land that takes us to the trees is false hope, unrealistic expectations that distract us from the pain and difficulty of the lives that are symbolized in that long slow walk. But it is the trees that are most telling: arranged in a synchrony of balanced meditation, they are a mirage. An idealized endpoint to life’s challenging frontier. Is there an other side? Is it as simple as stepping comfortably through the gaps between the verdant actors? No, endings are painful, ruinous. And the journey to the other side is never what we expect or dream or hope it to be.

It is this inherent deception that pushes Townley into surrealism. He presents the fantastic clothed in the realistic. Unlike Dali, a favorite of Shane’s, this surrealism is subtle and idyllic. Perhaps, an even more devastating commentary than melting

clocks and faces.

Shane Townley is an artist that asks us to think about what we don’t see. Think about the earth and our destructive path, It is here that he excels. Because by giving us what we think we want, he forces us to see what is really there.

– Clayton Daniels (review writer)