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Justin Gibbens
updated: 06/26/2008
website: www.justingibbens.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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1.	Bird of Paradise XII: Medusa Anhinga
Bird of Paradise III: Asp-necked Flamingo
Bird of Paradise XIX: American Griffin
Bird of Paradise XVII: Great Horned Owl
Bird of Paradise XVI: Fire-breathing Chimney Swift
Bird of Paradise IX: Truly Magnificent Frigatebird
Bird of Paradise XI: Cerberus Trumpeters
Bird of Paradise XIV: Unicorn Bluebirds
Birds and Bees (installation: PUNCH gallery, Seattle, WA)
Birds and Bees: Great Blue Herons.
Birds and Bees: Black-billed Magpies
Birds and Bees: European Mantids
Unicorn Hare
Unicorn Wildschweins
Jackalöpes Von Regenbögen Land
 
Portfolio Keywords:  futuristic, animals, illustration, fantasy, historical, nature, science, humor, documentary
 
 
1.	Bird of Paradise XII: Medusa Anhinga by Justin Gibbens
1. Bird of Paradise XII: Medusa Anhinga
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, colored pencil, oolong tea on paper
2008
40" x  26" 
Bird of Paradise III: Asp-necked Flamingo by Justin Gibbens
Bird of Paradise III: Asp-necked Flamingo
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, oolong tea on paper
2007
40" x  26" 
Bird of Paradise XIX: American Griffin by Justin Gibbens
Bird of Paradise XIX: American Griffin
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, ink, oolong tea on paper
2008
40" x  26" 
Bird of Paradise XVII: Great Horned Owl by Justin Gibbens
Bird of Paradise XVII: Great Horned Owl
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, ink, oolong tea on paper
2008
40" x  26" 
Bird of Paradise XVI: Fire-breathing Chimney Swift by Justin Gibbens
Bird of Paradise XVI: Fire-breathing Chimney Swift
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, oolong tea on paper
2008
23" x  30" 
Bird of Paradise IX: Truly Magnificent Frigatebird by Justin Gibbens
Bird of Paradise IX: Truly Magnificent Frigatebird
watercolor, graphite, gouache, oolong tea on paper
2008
40" x  26" 
Bird of Paradise XI: Cerberus Trumpeters by Justin Gibbens
Bird of Paradise XI: Cerberus Trumpeters
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, oolong tea on paper
2008
26" x  30" 
Bird of Paradise XIV: Unicorn Bluebirds by Justin Gibbens
Bird of Paradise XIV: Unicorn Bluebirds
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, oolong tea, magic on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
Birds and Bees (installation: PUNCH gallery, Seattle, WA) by Justin Gibbens
Birds and Bees (installation: PUNCH gallery, Seattle, WA)
Watercolor, gouache, graphite, acrylic, coffee on paper, wall
2007
Dimensions variable
Birds and Bees: Great Blue Herons.   by Justin Gibbens
Birds and Bees: Great Blue Herons.
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, acrylic, ink, coffee on paper, wall
2007
90" x  95" 
Birds and Bees: Black-billed Magpies by Justin Gibbens
Birds and Bees: Black-billed Magpies
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, acrylic, ink, coffee on paper, wall
2007
48" x  46" 
Birds and Bees: European Mantids by Justin Gibbens
Birds and Bees: European Mantids
Watercolor, gouache, graphite, coffee on paper
2006
30" x  23" 
Unicorn Hare by Justin Gibbens
Unicorn Hare
Watercolor, gouache, graphite, magic on paper
2007
19" x  19" 
Unicorn Wildschweins by Justin Gibbens
Unicorn Wildschweins
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, acrylic, oolong, magic on paper
2008
26" x  40" 
Jackalöpes Von Regenbögen Land by Justin Gibbens
Jackalöpes Von Regenbögen Land
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, flocking, oolong tea on paper
2008
52" x  79.5" 

Artist Statement
When I first began moving graphite on paper I was rendering the childhood standards: dinosaurs, creepy crawlers and other interesting fauna. Not much has changed in two decades. I still credit my work to countless hours spent watching David Attenborough documentaries, infinite trips to natural history museums, and an unhealthy interest in all things that scamper and poke about in the thickets and undergrowth. Imitating the conventions of 18th and 19th century zoological illustration and traditional Chinese fine-line painting, I make strange and lovely images of curious creatures and beautiful beasts.  

In my latest series titled Birds of Paradise, I use the quintessential American woodsman, John James Audubon, as a key source of reference. In this series of watercolor drawings I have transformed his once-familiar avian species into monstrous hybrids, reptilian dragons and other forms of daemonic life. Not unlike early specimen illustrations, these embellished derivatives evoke a natural history of myth and imagination, a natural history that is misinformed, unscientific and finally, bogus. They speak of evolution, mutation and biodiversity, and perhaps serve as cautionary tales and stand-ins for human behavior.

Justin Gibbens lives in Thorp, Washington.  He has shown nationally and internationally, and was the recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Award in 2007 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2006. He is represented by G.Gibson Gallery (Seattle, WA) and Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR) and is a co-founder of PUNCH gallery in Seattle.

Artist Bio / CV
E D U C A T I O N

2003     Scientific Illustration Certificate 

             - University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2002     Traditional Chinese Painting Exchange Program

             – Anhui University, Hefei, China

1998      Bachelor of Arts, Art (drawing, painting emphasis)           

             – Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA   

 

O N E  a n d   T W O – P E R S O N   E X H I B I T S

2008    Unnatural History – G.Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA   

           Animal Spell – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA  2007   Relations – Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR             

           Birds and Bees – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA 

 

S E L E C T E D   G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

2008   Birdwatch – Sun Valley Center for the Arts,   

            - Ketchum, ID

2007   Crawl Space Centennial 

            – Crawl Space Gallery, Seattle, WA

           Come Undone – Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA

2006   12th Annual International Exhibition 

            – Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY

2005   History and Prophecy - SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001    Exhibition of Chinese and American Students             

            - Jiu Liumi Gallery, Hefei, China

2000  15th Annual Ross Island Art Show

           – McMurdo Station, Antarctica

 

H O N O R S   &   A W A R D S

2007   Marge Corman Memorial Award (Best of Show)             

          – Kittitas CO Juried Show, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA          

           WA State Artist Trust GAP Award

2006   Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award   

1988   1st Place, Sixth Grade Level             

            – Color-A-Saurus Dinosaur Contest, Tri Cities, WA 

 P U B L I C A T I O N S                                                         2008     Farr, Sheila; “Putting and unnatural face  on  nature."  Seattle Times, Friday, April 18, 2008

Lippens, Nate; “Jumble up your sense of reality and imagination with works by three artists.”  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Friday, April 11, 2008

Studio Visit Magazine, Issue II. February 2008

2007     Lippens, Nate; “Northwest creatures come to life in

             Gibbens’ Birds and Bees’.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer,

             Friday, February 9, 2007