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ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO. BOI, ID.

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

ABOUT

Introduction

Justin, originally from Maryland/Washington, DC, currently lives and works in Boise, ID. His body of work focuses on abstract expressionist painting with mixed media that forms from evolving gestural forms and building paint—employing methods of layering and subtracting, scouring, sanding, or chemical process to expose the otherwise hidden parts just beneath the surface.

 

Inspired by society, psychology, and human nature, he brings various elements into his work. Vacillating between chaotic moments and the more subdued, where the exchange of color feels like it could be ruminating over minutia, yet it is anything but accidental. All of which is redolent of communication both with others as well ourselves.

Artist Statement

My work forms in gray matter, I pluck out the pearls, I sort out the rotten parts, regurgitate, lather, rinse, repeat. Interpersonal relationships, textual translations, and pixelated information make up our evolving social normative models, mine being no different. I often search for patterns behind the process. Sometimes to close the loop, sometimes to break it.

Reflection, distortion, emotion litter my process with random synaptic firings like land mines, but it’s all a necessary means to connect the dots in my attempt to form a connection. I see it as this type of kaleidoscope where I examine the mundane day-to-day, where I find beauty in the banal or miserable. As a way of acceptance, rather than ignorance, then pushing past and moving beyond.

Narrative

Justin W John was born on the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay in the Philippines in 1981. He grew up on the East Coast in Virginia and Maryland. His artistic talents lead him to study art and graphic design at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MD; he received his BFA the spring of 2003.

Shortly thereafter, Justin relocated to Washington, D.C. and began his career as a freelance graphic/web designer. He was quickly picked up by Aquent and through them gained experience in publishing and in-house corporate design. Soon his clients included B.E.T., The Peace Corps, McGraw-Hill Publishing and more.

With his young creative spirit and passion for music he was also involved with Baltimore and D.C.’s vibrant music scenes by working with a few production companies as a promoter.

While freelancing, Justin also put his creative efforts into the retail service industry. His eye for art and design easily translated into fashion styling and merchandising. He held creative and management roles with Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, and FLOR (Interface).

In 2014, Justin moved cross-country to Boise, Idaho to be closer to family.

In 2018, he established his art business in Boise and has been exploring the lengths of his entrepreneurial spirit since. Currently, he lives and creates his work in his studio space located in Boise’s historic Idanha Hotel.

Education

2003

Maryland Institute,
College of Art (M.I.C.A.)
Baltimore, MD

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Concentration in Digital Media Arts

Studied under Ellen Lupton [*]
Seymour Mandelbaum Merit Award
Graphic Design Department Recognition Award
Dean’s List (x4)

2020

My Artrepreneur™ Program

Boise, ID

Idaho Commission on the Arts

Studied under Dr. E. L. Kittredge [*]

 

Exhibitions

UPCOMING

2021

Art Auction 53

Group exhibition

Yellowstone Art Museum

Billings, MT

CURRENT

2020

Online Studios Los Angeles

Presented by Saatchi Art
Group online art fair
Featured in Curated Collections —
Cold War-Era Nostalgia, Contemplative & Calm Abstracts, Make A Statement, New Pop Art

The Other Art Fair

Los Angeles, CA

Past

2020

Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

Group online exhibition

Tom of Finland Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

2020

Portraits Exhibition

Group online exhibition

Las Laguna Gallery

Laguna Beach, CA

High Kitsch

Presented by Treasure Valley Artist Alliance
Group exhibition + online exhibition

The Gem Center for the Arts

Boise, ID

Eros, C’est La Vie

Group online exhibition

Gallery 110

Seattle, WA

Art Auction 52

Group exhibition

Yellowstone Art Museum

Billings, MT

2019

Traffic Box Art Pop-Up

Group show

Beside Bardenay

Boise, ID

North x Northwest

Group exhibition

Yellowstone Art Museum

Billings, MT

17th Annual Juried Art Show

Group exhibition

Art Source Gallery

Boise, ID

Art Auction 51

Group exhibition

Yellowstone Art Museum

Billings, MT

2018

Conception Arts

Group show

Iron Triangle

Los Angeles, CA

RAW: CONNECT

Group show

Revolution Concert Event Center

Garden City, ID

SIMULACRUM

Solo exhibition

UPCYCLE Studio

Boise, ID

2011

Exposed: The Polaroid Retrospective II

Group exhibition

Lamont Bishop Gallery

Washington, DC

Community Projects

2020

LL4V: Love Letters 4 VAC

Group exhibition + online auction

Visual Arts Collective

Garden City, ID

Rally For Sally! – Cancer Benefit for Tina Lancaster

Benefit auction

Visual Arts Collective

Garden City, ID

Public Art

Boise

2019

Boise Greenbelt Mural Project

Boise Traffic Box Art Program

Press

Bibliography

Bibliography

2021

“Yellowstone Art Auction 53 Catalog, Official YAA53 Exhibition Catalog.”

Yellowstone Art Museum

January 2021
pp . 40-41.

2020

Billings Gazette

“Yellowstone Art Auction 52 Catalog, Official YAA52 Exhibition Catalog.”

Yellowstone Art Museum

January 2020
pp . 29, 38, 51.

Billings Gazette

CaFÉ™ (Call for Entry)

2020.

2019

“Yellowstone Art Auction 51 Catalog, Official YAA51 Exhibition Catalog.”

Yellowstone Art Museum

January 2019
pp 17, 41.

2018

Boise Weekly

Vol. 26 Issue 49
Arts & Culture
May 23, 2018.

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Last update: January 28th, 2019

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