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Joseph Justus

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Joseph Justus

Born: 1982

Hometown: Los Angeles

Based in: Los Angeles

 

Joseph Justus (b. 1982) is a contemporary American artist whose works re-imagine the physical and conceptual landscapes that make up the city. Drawing inspiration from the urban fabric and the human body, his paintings experiment with surfaces that act as lenses or x-rays steadily moving in and out of plane. We see one thing on the surface – skin, buildings – but there are complex currents right under the surface.

"In my current work, timing is so important. There needs to be some kind of adrenaline in the painting. It’s not just a visual, but also a physical process for me. The constraint of speed and risk is critical. I measure the value of my work in this wager."

Joseph received his BA in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and MA from Columbia University, New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles. He has participated in group exhibitions both in the United States and Germany.

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Flying Faster and Farther

Joseph Justus, United States

Painting

US$ 4,500

From Time to Time

Joseph Justus, United States

Painting

US$ 3,000

Dreams From a Purple Fog

Joseph Justus, United States

Painting

US$ 3,000

The Color of Night

Joseph Justus, United States

Painting

US$ 7,500

Imaginary Childhood

Joseph Justus, United States

Painting

US$ 5,500

Finding Rythm

Joseph Justus, United States

Painting

US$ 6,500

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About Joseph Justus


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What inspires you?

Los Angeles, the body, my daily life


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Describe your creative process.

In my current work, timing is so important. I can be an impatient artist and tend to be drawn to processes which have some calculation with instant results. There needs to be some kind of adrenaline in the painting. It’s not just a visual, but also a physical process for me. The constraint of speed and risk is critical. I measure the value of my work in this wager.


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Ed Moses and Michael Heizer


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Continually making


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Forming disciplines gives you something to push up against.

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