Sea Change is our 3rd solo exhibit with Justin Gibbens. Justin was trained in scientific illustration + traditional Chinese painting, a skill set he employs in his subversive zoological drawings. This exhibit examines marine life + how our civilization is altering their ecology
Justin 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 was the recipient of a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and a 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship Award. He is a founding member of PUNCH Projects (formerly PUNCH gallery), an artist collective based in central Washington. His work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationally. His work has been collected by the Washington Arts Consortium, Grinnell College, Microsoft, 4Culture/King County Portable Works Collection, the City of Seattle, the City of Kent and the Tacoma Art Museum..
Though a native to the Northwest, Gibbens' aesthetic and ecological wanderlust has taken him to far away, otherworldly and sometimes inhospitable places - Antarctica, the Indian subcontinent, the Galapagos Islands and Southern Florida. As a counterpoint to his studio practice, Gibbens has been adapting his practice to include larger-scale public mural projects. Recent murals have been completed in the cities of Seattle, Ellensburg, Spokane and Ephrata, WA. Justin Gibbens lives in rural Thorp, WA with his dangerously talented wife and fellow artist, Renee Adams.