Wednesday, February 24, 2010

the middle of things



I recently painted this piece to be included in an exhibit themed "Hard Times". This show is a collection of works by living painters that address the current worldwide financial problems we are all facing, and the socioeconomic environment we live in. Maynard Dixon's Forgotten Man was a catalyst for this exhibit.

For a couple years I've wanted to attempt a modern interpretation of Daniel Ridgeway Knight's "First Grief". Never was I really shooting for the level of naturalism that Knight was committed to, it's almost like apples and oranges, but I definitely gained an even greater appreciation for the nineteenth century painters.

For those in the local area, this piece will be included in a show exhibited at the Springville Museum of Art from March 15th - April 25th. You will not want to miss the opportunity. The show includes pieces from some of the country's most accomplished renowned realist painters. Some of my all-time favorite artists including, Steven Assael, David Kassan, Burton Silverman, Gary E Smith, Sean Diediker, Warren Chang, Trevor Southey, and David Linn. The reception is scheduled for March 24th, 6-9pm. After Springville, the show will travel to museums on the east coast.

13 comments:

dwilson said...

Justin, this is an amazing collection of artists with some powerful work. Will there be a reception?

justin said...

Dave Wilson. what is up with you? There will be a reception. March 24th, 6-9pm

The Miller Family: said...

looks great bust. i like the added touches of the power lines and shoes. cant wait to go to the museum

L to the I to the Z said...

Man, Justin. Talk about portraying emotion in a painting. Once glance, it's there...and it's personal. Each person who looks at this painting will be able to relate, in a very personal way, interpreting it to fit what they've found themselves "in the middle" of.

jamieBEE said...

Justin this is amazing!!! My mom is coming up and we are all going to see your show the last week in March. Let's do FHE again. :)

ROXY MARJ said...

just found your blog/work ---- amazing!

Tandy said...

haha! that's what i'm talkin about!
can't wait to see it in person!
thanks for being so awesome (:

vantastic said...

I agree with Liz! This painting made me feel so much when I looked at it. I started thinking about what kind of payment plan I could work out with you. I will see you at the reception Ju.

oriol said...

Amazing blog!
Thanks for wish video.

darlene said...

Wish I could be there to meet you again. Your art is fabulous. You must hail from some great genetic pool. Darlene Farmer

Deb Schmit said...

Wow! What an honor to be part of this show. You handle your subjects with such sensitivity, its a perfect venue for your work. What a talented group of artists!
Good luck with the exhibition.

yoan rimbault said...

very nice oil paint, i like it and i like your videos, it's very good inspiration ;')

From Belgium with love said...

Olala, this is soooooooo beautiful.