Hydras and Basilisks
Justin Gibbens

June 3 - 26, 2010

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, June 3, 2010

In his latest batch of watercolor drawings, Justin Gibbens' preoccupation with birds shifts anatomically towards the reptilian. Gibbens accredits this to both the latest trends in evolutionary theory as well as his boyhood love affair with terrible lizards, i.e. dinosaurs. Whether benevolent or maligned, birds and serpents alike are creatures rich with symbolic meaning. Using his signature brand of subversive natural history, Gibbens transforms the once-familiar ornithological images of John James Audubon's and others into new and peculiar manifestations. By lifting the formal conventions of classic natural science illustration, Gibbens imagines legendary and diabolical beasts through the lens of an 18th century field artist.

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 has shown nationally and internationally and lives in Thorp, Washington. He currently has work at Tacoma Art Museum's The Secret Language of Animals and Blow Up at G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle. In Sixth Grade he received a 1st Place Award in a Color-A-Saurus Dinosaur Drawing Contest sponsored by the Pacific Science Center.


Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Renee Adams
(more info)


Bib Fortuna
2009. Watercolor, gouache, ink, tea on paper

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