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Mind Games Painting

Justin W John

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 40 W x 40 H x 0 D in

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Relying heavily on texture formed through a distinct drying process that allows the acrylic to dry at different time intervals—restricting air exposure while gravity pulls the paint slowly under a sheet of plastic. The paint is shaken then poured down between the canvas and plastic, pockets of air form then bubble up leaving various sized holes, ripples, creases, and variations of sheen. Using a base coat of grey, the end result might look like the skin of an elephant or a turbulent dark muddy sea. But for me, it represents the physical brain, grey matter, and the weathering of time. Each piece starts out reminiscent of a Rorschach inkblot test—a dark mass on a white field. A silhouette emerges and color then surrounds and covers the white to bring life and emotion. Emoji-like hieroglyphics, doodles, and other brush strokes begin to spring up like Tweety birds circling the subject's head. Themes of inverted spectrums, puzzle pieces, grids, and frenetic images build a landscape from the detritus and memories.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:40 W x 40 H x 0 D in

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Justin W John (he/him) American (b. 1981) Justin W John is an abstract artist whose practice focuses on physical painting and digital media art. His work addresses identity, the subconscious, gender and sexuality, culture, and societal ties to technology through autobiographical ruminations. He works intuitively, allowing each piece to develop its personality. Justin’s work bridges internal and external, translating non-physical states into gestural forms, patterns, and markings through his meticulous brush and knife strokes. His introspective narratives act as commentary that speaks to our commonality. ‍ Justin W John was born in the Philippines and raised in Virginia and Maryland. He graduated from Maryland Institute, College of Art, in 2003 with a BFA in graphic design. Justin’s work has been in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and art fairs throughout the western United States, including Yellowstone Art Museum and The Other Art Fair. Justin was recently selected as a recipient of studio space—part of Surel’s Place Studios in the Live-Work-Create district of Garden City for the 2022-23 season. Justin has also created commissioned public art for the city of Boise, ID.

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Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Los Angeles

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