Justin Gibbens (b. 1975)
Justin Gibbens uses the conventions of wildlife illustration and traditional Chinese fine-line painting in surprising and unconventional ways. His embellished and stylized images celebrate the beauty and strangeness of the natural world, and serve as cautionary tales and stand-ins for our anthropocentric selves.
Gibbens received his BA in painting from Central Washington University in 1998, followed by a Scientific Illustration Certificate from University of Washington in 2003. He is a founding member of PUNCH Projects, a central Washington-based artist collective. He is represented by G. Gibson Projects in Seattle, WA and Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR.
In addition to his studio practice, Gibbens illustrates books and paints larger-scale public murals. Gibbens lives in rural Thorp, Washington with his dangerously talented wife Renee Adams. When not in his studio, Gibbens can be found roaming shrub-steppe hills of central Washington with his hound Hansel, whilst spotting birds and chasing reptilian inhabitants.