Honor Titus (b. 1989, NY) is a multidisciplinary American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Since his first solo exhibition in 2019, he has quickly garnered international recognition for his painting practice, which weaves together a surreal, expressive iconography with references drawn variously from literature, art history, music, architecture and American advertising traditions.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1989, Titus came to prominence in the New York punk rock scene in the early 2010s as the lead singer of the band Cerebral Ballzy. At this time, Titus also became known for his poetry through independent readings in New York City, where he became associated with the artist Raymond Pettibon, who provided the cover art for Cerebral Ballzy’s first album. Titus began working in Pettibon’s studio, where he assisted in painting and developed in interest in stylized graphic art. Later, the artist Henry Taylor also mentored Titus and gave him his first solo exhibition, introducing him to the Los Angeles contemporary art landscape.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2016, Titus has focused exclusively on his visual art practice, and his work has since received extensive critical acclaim in publications such as The New York Times, Frieze magazine, Artnet, Interview and Art in America. He is particularly noted for his use of vibrant, painterly colour and his distinct use of recurring motifs such as the significance of solitude and a nostalgia for the pre-digital era. His work has drawn comparisons to the influences of Edward Hopper and the nineteenth-century French Symbolist group Les Nabis.
Recent solo exhibitions include a solo booth presentation for Timothy Taylor at Frieze London (2021); For Heaven’s Sake, Timothy Taylor, New York (2021); and Goodness Gracious, Henry Taylor Gallery, Los Angeles (2020). Group exhibitions include IRL at Timothy Taylor, London (2021); and I will wear you in my heart of heart, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2021); and (Nothing but) Flowers, Karma, New York (2021).