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Justin Varner
updated: 03/31/2010
website: www.justinvarner.blogspot.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Possum Rich
God's Gracious Gift
Woman of the Streets
Rambo
Neverend Park
Dirty Birds
Dead Soldier
Gulfway Squabble
Healthy White Baby
Labor
Impoverished Romance
Garage Sale Companion
Southern Paw
Magic Moment
Fetch
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative
 
 
Possum Rich by Justin Varner
Possum Rich
charcoal on paper
2008
24" x  22" 
God's Gracious Gift by Justin Varner
God's Gracious Gift
charcoal on paper
2008
22" x  30" 
Woman of the Streets by Justin Varner
Woman of the Streets
charcoal on paper
2008
25" x  22" 
Rambo by Justin Varner
Rambo
charcoal on paper
2008
16 3/4" x  15 1/4" 
Neverend Park by Justin Varner
Neverend Park
charcoal and pastel on paper
2009
49" x  50" 
Dirty Birds by Justin Varner
Dirty Birds
charcoal and pastel on paper
2008
22" x  18" 
Dead Soldier by Justin Varner
Dead Soldier
charcoal on paper
2008
25" x  22" 
Gulfway Squabble by Justin Varner
Gulfway Squabble
charcoal and pastel on paper
2009
30" x  24" 
Healthy White Baby by Justin Varner
Healthy White Baby
charcoal on paper
2009
33 1/4" x  29" 
Labor by Justin Varner
Labor
charcoal and pastel on paper
2009
30 1/2" x  32" 
Impoverished Romance by Justin Varner
Impoverished Romance
charcoal on paper
2009
23 1/4" x  22" 
Garage Sale Companion by Justin Varner
Garage Sale Companion
charcoal on paper
2008
23 1/4" x  21 3/4" 
Southern Paw by Justin Varner
Southern Paw
charcoal and pastel on paper
2009
51" x  46" 
Magic Moment by Justin Varner
Magic Moment
charcoal on paper
2009
25 3/4" x  23 1/2" 
Fetch by Justin Varner
Fetch
charcoal on paper
2009
37" x  32" 

Artist Statement
  

Stray Dogs, Boarded Up Windows, Fast Food Debris, Old English Malt Liquor Bottles, Used Diapers, Restaurants that Live a Month, Dead Cars, Cigarette Butts mixed with Tainted Leaves, Rusted Hubcaps, Sadistic Mosquitoes, Stretched Condoms, Good Will’s Children’s Toys and the Endless Brown/Grey Attitude of the Oxygen I inhale are the objects and elements I try to ignore everyday in Port Arthur, Texas. This once thriving coastal community declined to what it is now by political corruption, bouts with hurricanes, gang violence, prostitution, and the inability to repair itself amongst the uncaring leaders of this minority dominated population.

 

What I have found to excite me, bring empathy, evaluation, and darkly enough- some humor is the acceptance of circumstance its occupants possess. My black and white charcoal drawings digest my observations and translate an already bleak atmosphere into something more unimaginable. What I have documented intertwines with new discoveries and grotesquely rendered stereotypes to give birth to an even more ignorable society located in a town not too far removed.

  

                         

 

Artist Bio / CV

                               JustinVarner  

justinrvarner@yahoo.com

justinvarner.blogspot.com  

Education:2007- Master of Fine Arts in Painting: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN  2005- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 

Exhibitions:- 2009

Rocket City National, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL                   (juror: Peter Baldia)              

 Southern Open 2009, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA               (juror: Eleanor Heartney)              

Valdosta National 2009, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA                          (juror: Arnold Mesches)                          Art

International, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA- 2008                               N

National Drawing Show, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA                          (juror: Rachel Rosenfield Lafo)                

Hypothetics, Art Hospital, Bloomington, IN (three person exhibit)- 2007                              

Canvas Magazine Exhibit, Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN       

Martin & Lewis, Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD                           

New Talent, Prima Gallery, Bloomington, IN               

 Awards:-        3rd Place: Southern Open 2009, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA-        4th Place: Valdosta National 2009, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia-        Instructor, Indiana University Overseas Study Program in Florence, Italy: 2007-        Full Tuition Waiver-Indiana University: 2006-2007-        Jerry Newman Scholarship in Painting: 2004-2005-        Mamie McFaddin Ward Scholarship in Studio Art: 2002-2004 

Professional Experience:-       

 2008- Present- Adjunct Instructor, Lamar University- Beaumont, TX-       

2008- Present- Adjunct Instructor, Lamar State College- Pt. Arthur & Orange, TX-       

 2008- Adjunct Instructor, Herron School of Art- Indianapolis, IN-       

 2007- Associate Instructor, Indiana University Overseas Program: Florence, Italy -       

2006-07- Associate Instructor, Indiana University-Bloomington, IN