Justin Adian, ‘Gypsy Shrine’, 2017, Artadia Benefit Auction 2017

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Justin Adian
Justin Adian was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1976. He graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2000, and an MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art in 2003. His core process involves stretching oil, enamel, or spray painted canvas around foam cushions, often combining two or more shapes to form composite wall-mounted sculptures. Adian’s work comfortably straddles the theoretical divide between painting and sculpture with wry assertiveness. Adian’s practice gives depth and color to three-dimensional forms without having them part from the mounting wall and becoming freestanding objects. His paintings embody a pioneering, if not punk rock, spirit: demonstrating an effervescence, looseness, and playfulness in their rebellious composition and unexpected colors. Selected exhibitions include Skarstedt, London, 2014; Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY, 2014; Blackston, New York, NY, 2012; Martos Gallery, New York, NY, 2012; Bryant Park, New York, NY, 2010-11: Blackston, New York, NY, 2010; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY, 2010; Jack the Pelican Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2009; DepARTment Gallery, Toronto, Ontario 2009; HBC Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2009; North Hall Gallery, New York, NY, 2008; and at UNT Artspace, Fort Worth, TX, 2007.
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Signature: signed on verso

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About Justin Adian

Justin Adian’s core practice involves stretching oil enamel- or spray painted canvas around foam cushions, often combining two or more shapes to form composite wall-mounted reliefs. His unfamiliar and colorful shapes are rooted in the Minimalist tradition of Ellsworth Kelly and Kenneth Noland, though Adian’s forms contrast sharply with the rectilinear frames and precise geometries of Minimalism. Adian’s process is an attempt to give colors a three-dimensional form without actually leaving the mounting wall and becoming a freestanding sculptural object.

American, b. 1976, Forth Worth, Texas, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2012
Blackston, 
New York,
2010
Blackston, 
New York,
Justin Adian - Afterglow