Justin Gibbens
Birds and Bees

February 1-25, 2007

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, February 1, 2007

PUNCH presents a new series of watercolor drawings by Justin Gibbens. Using his background in scientific illustration, Gibbens has been meticulously rendering life-sized portraits of avian and insect species found here in the northwest. Imitating the conventions of 18th and 19th century zoological illustration, Gibbens stages awkward and hyperbolic interactions that question the science upon which these depictions are based. In his Birds and Bees series, he has illustrated isolated engagements of various species caught in the throes of conjugal relations and territorial disputes. Often borrowing directly from Audubon’s Birds of America, Gibbens further perpetuates a stylized version of natural history that is both curiously seductive and brutally violent.

Justin Gibbens lives in Thorp, Washington. He has shown nationally and internationally, and currently has work in Crawl Space’s Centennial exhibit and will have work in the SAM’s rental/sales gallery Introductions 2007 show in March. Gibbens was the recipient of a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation award.

Hours: Noon-5pm Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Renee Adams


Birds and Bees (detail: American Robins) – 2006,
watercolor, acrylic, graphite, coffee on paper. 23x30 inches.