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ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO. BOI, ID.

JWJ STUDIO

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

ABOUT

JWJ in Studio

ABOUT

Biography

JUSTIN W JOHN

(AMERICAN, b. 1981)

b. 1981, Subic Bay, Philippines

Lives and works in Boise, Idaho.

Introduction

Justin W John is an acrylic painter who creates abstract spaces with brilliant colors and heavily textured surfaces. His emotive brush and knife work form a visual simile and metaphor, revealing gestural figurative forms among grids and geometric forms. He refers to his work as abstract “landscapes”—not unlike the quiet chaos in our minds.

Inspired by psychology and cognitive processes, he brings diverse elements that bridge internal and external. Translating non-physical states through color, gesture, shape, and texture. Vacillating between intense moments and the more subdued, where the exchange of color feels like ruminating over minutia, anything but accidental—redolent of communication and connection.

Narrative

Justin W John was born in 1981 in the Philippines and grew up a U.S. Navy ’brat’ on the east coast. He earned his BFA in graphic design in 2003 from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MD.

Justin relocated to Washington, D.C., where he worked in publishing and corporate design. He also held creative management roles in retail and interior design fields, which enriched his life and artwork by the diverse experiences each brought.

He currently lives and works in downtown Boise, Idaho. Running his art business from his studio.

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.

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

CURRENT

Past

2021

18th Annual Juried Art Show

Group exhibition

Honorable Mention Ribbon Winner

Art Source Gallery

Boise, ID

Los Angeles

Presented by Saatchi Art
Art fair

JUNE 2021

The Other Art Fair

ROW DTLA
Los Angeles, CA

Self-titled

Solo show

Twisted District

Garden City, ID

Art Auction 53

Group exhibition

Yellowstone Art Museum

Billings, MT

Virtual Editions Los Angeles

Presented by Saatchi Art
Group virtual art fair

March  30 – April 4, 2021

The Other Art Fair

Los Angeles, CA

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

Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

Group online exhibition

Tom of Finland Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

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

“The Other Art Fair.”

Your Morning on Spectrum News 1.

Los Angeles, News Television. Image of DF I used for studio video wall segment introduction.

SN1CLA (Spectrum News)

June 25, 2021, 05:54 AM PDT.

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.

2017

“#boiseweeklypic” 

Boise Weekly

Vol. 26 Issue 05
Arts & Culture
July 19, 2017
pp 22.

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Last update: January 28th, 2019