Buzzkill by Justin Gibbens. Water color, gouache, ink, tea on paper.
Justin Gibbens presents Sepulchre April 3 - May 8, 2015 Wenatchee First Friday Opening: Friday, April 3, 5-7 p.m. Artist's Lecture: Wednesday, April 1, 2-3 p.m. in MAC room 1507
Trained in scientific illustration and traditional Chinese painting, Justin Gibbens creates images of stylized and embellished beasts that speak of evolution, mutation and biodiversity. By lifting the formal conventions of classic natural science illustration, Gibbens imagines a world through the lens of a 19th century field artist. Using his signature brand of subversive natural history, Sepulchre explores life-cycle themes of death and renewal with works on paper, sculpture and painting directly on the gallery walls.
Using his signature brand of subversive natural history, Sepulchre explores life-cycle themes of death and renewal. Spring is the time of year when humans look to nature as a harbinger of rebirth and resurrection. Throughout the ages, these themes have manifested in a multitude of ways, one being the spontaneous proliferation of bees. Gibbens presents his own take on this phenomenon inside the MAC gallery.
Gibbens received his BA in painting and drawing from Central Washington University in 1998 and a Scientific Illustration Certificate from University of Washington in 2003. He is a founding member of PUNCH Gallery, an artist-run gallery located in Seattle, WA. Gibbens was the recipient of a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and a 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship Award. He has shown nationally and internationally and is currently lives in rural Thorp, Washington. He is a card-carrying member of the Audubon Society and a newly-inducted member to the GNSI (Guild of Natural Science Illustrators) Northwest chapter.
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