December 14th, 2007
The Solo Show of Justin Lovato and Art Whino's Collaboration Featuring 20 New Artists
Friday, December 14th, 2007, 6-Midnight
Justin Lovato Solo Show Art Whino Permanent Gallery
Justin Lovato spent his childhood in a suburban neighborhood in Sacramento, CA. From an early age he was constantly surrounded by art supplies which provided nourishment for his artistic endeavors. Drawing inspiration from comic books, video games, and cartoons, in his early youth Justin consistently stuck to drawing on paper and the occasional canvas painting, until he discovered the long practiced art of graffiti.
Hopping trains, climbing buildings and billboards, and venturing under bridges are all part of the process and lifestyle of graffiti and street art that have profoundly influenced Justin. He believes that it is a taking back of free space, a way of not succumbing to the idea that you can only express yourself to society if you have large amounts of money to spend on advertisements.
Justin is a self-taught artist who employs a wide range of influences. Aside from his roots in the process and subject matter of graffiti and street art, Justin is also motivated by the underground art and music culture, 14th century religious European art, and of course, 1970’s zombie movies.
The characters and subject matter in his paintings often tell some arcane and dark story, which is expressed through steady-handed intricate line work. Through layering of vivid color, he narrates the intriguing and amusing tales of seemingly pain-stricken, weathered, and worn individuals. However, his subjects manage to maintain an aura of humor due to their representational, illustrative appearance. Justin’s work carries bold themes inspired by his own criticisms of modern pop culture and the mental environment, pharmaceutical companies, occult and religious symbolism, and our political climate.
Art Whino adds 20 new artists to its Permanent Gallery bringing the number to 80 participating artists and over 400 pieces of art on exhibit. The opening reception takes place on December 14th, 2007 from 6-12pm, and will include music by Yoko K. and Tom B.
Art Whino's collaboration artists, Justin Lovato, will showcase a live art installation during the show which one lucky person will get to take home!
Additionally, Art Whino continues to partner with a local DC non-profit. In this continuing effort to promote arts in our community, Art Whino is working with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative on this event. We will be donating proceeds of this and future events to further help with their mission. To read more about them go to http://www.dccollaborative.org For more information on the event please visit www.artwhino.com
Justin Lovato Solo Show
Art Whino Permanent Gallery