Steve Mumford (born 1960) is a contemporary American painter. His practice has recently included the depiction of scenes from the ongoing American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Typically he works in large, realist oil paintings, as well as watercolor on paper. Mumford received his M.F.A in 1994 at The School of Visual Arts, New York. During graduate school he met Inka Essenhigh, who he would later marry, as well as artists Michelle Lopez and Michael Lazarus.
Mumford entered Iraq on April 9, 2003, the day the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Baghdad, and he has periodically returned to the region to document the daily lives of both Iraqi citizens and American soldiers. These works were published, along with journalistic text by Mumford, in a book released through Drawn and Quarterly.
- Mumford, Steve. Baghdad Journal: An Artist in Occupied Iraq. Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly Books, 2005. ISBN 1896597904
- Kino, Carol. Sketches From the Front: An Artist's Dispatches, Rendered in Ink and Paint, New York Times, December 13, 2004
- Gregg, G. Nothing Like the Real Thing ARTnews, December 2010, pages 68-71.
- McKelvey, Tara (Nov 11, 2013). "Preserved as evidence, Camp X-Ray holds dark memories". BBC News.
- Baghdad Journal
- Latest Baghdad Journal installments
- About his book (Baghdad Journal)
- Steve Mumford at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
- New York art world’s apology for the Iraq war
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