(un)Familiar Faces — Portrait Painting — Justin W John

FIGURATIVE WORK

FEATURED ABOVE, BELOW (W.I.P.)
  1. The Big Picture 2018-2019
    Acrylic, gouache, ink and modeling paste on stretched canvas;
    archival matte and gloss varnish.
    24 x 48 x 1.5 inches
The Big Picture (progress)

INSPIRATION

I’m often interested in human nature and psychology, in our emotional vulnerabilities, and what is reflected in society.

In this new day + age, we are at the precipice that divides humanity and technology, a era of lightning speed to which we must adapt or become obsolete.

Zombies, Androids, Cyborgs… science fiction is now fact, our new reality, into hyperreality.

Pop political trending tags like race, religion, gender + sexuality often punctuate the headlines. A circus, a dog and pony show, but who is watching?

I wish to explore ways to find ourselves in a world less hateful, a time to feel less shameful and scared. We are all people, flesh and blood. We are all pink on the inside.

The spectrum of our species is wide and beautiful. Let us learn to respect everyone, especially those unique souls less acknowledged and often cast aside. Bring light to those who know too much about fear of fellow man.

Pull your focus away from your screen for just a moment and just be. Together.

  • ABSTRACT
  • PORTRAIT
He said, “bite me.”
2017—2018

Acrylic, spray paint and ink on stretched canvas;
archival gloss varnish.
24 x 36 x 0.6 inches
Artist frame optional

(UN)FAMILIAR FACES

2017

  1. Tongue X Tied 2017
    Acrylic on stretched canvas;
    archival gloss varnish.
    24 x 36 x 0.6 inches
  2. hey, Jess 2017
    Acrylic on stretched canvas;
    archival gloss varnish.
    20 x 30 x 0.6 inches
  3. Wolf + I 2017
    Acrylic on stretched canvas;
    archival gloss varnish.
    16 x 20 x 0.6 inches
  4. Queen of Baltimore (@msnikkicoxx) 2017
    Acrylic, ink, and beads on stretched canvas;
    archival gloss varnish.
    20 x 30 x 0.75 inches
  5. Golden Boy 2017
    Acrylic on stretched canvas;
    archival gloss varnish.
    24 x 30 x 0.6 inches
  6. Tell Me Lies 2017
    Mixed Media: Acrylic, ink, and vellum on stretched canvas; archival gloss varnish.
    16 x 20 x 0.6 inches
  7. Victor (Left of Center) 2018
    Acrylic and ink on stretched linen;
    archival gloss varnish.
    12 x 12 x 0.6 inches
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