Thursday, January 7, 2010

5 x 5 Submission 5 - Justin Orvold

Justin Orvold
Justin Orvold's Website

Born in Portland 1972, I started painting large works at age 16 and shortly after, received a full scholarship in Painting and Printmaking from Cornish College of the Arts. I graduated in 1996. Upon graduation I had the pleasure of being a guest artist at the lifetime achievement award for Jacob Lawrence and participating in alumni exhibits. I worked in Digital Art from 1997-2001 before returning to traditional painting. I moved to New Orleans in 2002 to teach art in public schools and exhibit paintings in the French Quarter. Relocating to Seattle after hurricane Katrina, I continue to work large canvasses and exhibiting locally.

Artist Statement
Recording my environment and emotions through visual art has always been a part of my life.The reward for completing a painting is the next new beginning, the white empty canvass with all its possibilities. I start the process with no expectations and celebrate the manifestations as they develop. Compositions are developed through playful manipulation of color and form. Figures compete to be recognized and to remain permanent. There's a story that's deeply personal yet also part of the collective conscience and I applaud the viewer who makes it their story. Exploring relations between humans, environment and spiritual bonds is the essence of focus and purpose. I start with a white canvas like anyone else but this is my favorite moment, the quiet unrealized potentials of the next work. Laying paint in an abstract and muscular approach form and color build then the composition is recognized and figures emerge and take their place. I use models to gather value information to convey realism while leaving windows into the abstract process that took place in the beginning. The fast drying and rapid build up of texture from acrylics make them an ideal medium for me.

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Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2010

1 comment:

  1. Ive always admired your work. You are a genious. -Sherry