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Justin Adian

<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>Sea Breeze</i>, 2016
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
29 1/2 x 45 x 2 3/4 inches (74.9 x 114.3 x 7 cm.)
Justin Adian
Sea Breeze, 2016
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
29 1/2 x 45 x 2 3/4 inches (74.9 x 114.3 x 7 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>Co-Workers</i>, 2016
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
14 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (36.8 x 21 x 7 cm.)
Justin Adian
Co-Workers, 2016
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
14 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (36.8 x 21 x 7 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>Towed</i>, 2016
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
15 1/2 x 53 1/4  x 3 inches (39.4 x 135.3 x 7.6 cm.)
Justin Adian
Towed, 2016
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
15 1/2 x 53 1/4 x 3 inches (39.4 x 135.3 x 7.6 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>Outfeel</i>, 2015
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
13 x 16 x 3 inches (33 x 40.6 x 7.6 cm.)
Justin Adian
Outfeel, 2015
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
13 x 16 x 3 inches (33 x 40.6 x 7.6 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>I35</i>, 2015
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
109 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches (277.5 x 12.1 x 10.8 cm.)
Justin Adian
I35, 2015
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
109 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches (277.5 x 12.1 x 10.8 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>Fortune Teller</i>, 2015
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
54 1/4 x 52 1/2 x 3 inches (137.8 x 133.4 x 7.6 cm.)
Justin Adian
Fortune Teller, 2015
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
54 1/4 x 52 1/2 x 3 inches (137.8 x 133.4 x 7.6 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>Bellini</i>, 2014
oil enamel and spray paint on ester foam and canvas
35 x 25 x 6 inches (88.9 x 63.5 x 15.2 cm.)
Justin Adian
Bellini, 2014
oil enamel and spray paint on ester foam and canvas
35 x 25 x 6 inches (88.9 x 63.5 x 15.2 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>One Shot</i>, 2014
oil enamel and spray paint on ester foam and canvas
7 x 6 x 2 1/2 inches (17.8 x 15.2 x 6.3 cm.)
Justin Adian
One Shot, 2014
oil enamel and spray paint on ester foam and canvas
7 x 6 x 2 1/2 inches (17.8 x 15.2 x 6.3 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>Late Bloomer</i>, 2014
oil enamel and spray paint on ester foam and canvas
26 x 20 x 5 inches (66 x 50.8 x 12.7 cm.)
Justin Adian
Late Bloomer, 2014
oil enamel and spray paint on ester foam and canvas
26 x 20 x 5 inches (66 x 50.8 x 12.7 cm.)
<b>Justin Adian</b>
<i>90 Proof</i>, 2014
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
31 x 45 x 2 1/2 inches (78.7 x 114.3 x 6.4 cm.)
Justin Adian
90 Proof, 2014
oil enamel on ester foam and canvas
31 x 45 x 2 1/2 inches (78.7 x 114.3 x 6.4 cm.)

Biography

Justin Adian
(Born 1976)

Justin Adian was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1976. He graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2000, and an MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art in 2003.

His core process involves stretching oil, enamel or spray painted canvas around foam cushions, often combining two or more shapes to form composite wall-mounted sculptures. Adian’s work comfortably straddles the theoretical divide between painting and sculpture with wry assertiveness.

Adian’s practice gives depth and color to three-dimensional forms without having them part from the mounting wall and becoming freestanding objects. His paintings embody a pioneering, if not punk rock, spirit: demonstrating an effervescence, looseness and playfulness in their rebellious composition and unexpected colors.

Selected exhibitions include Skarstedt, London, 2014; Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY, 2014; Blackston, New York, NY, 2012; Martos Gallery, New York, NY, 2012; Bryant Park, New York, NY, 2010-11: Blackston, New York, NY, 2010; Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York, NY, 2010; Jack the Pelican Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, DepARTment Gallery, Toronto Ontario, HBC Gallery, Berlin, Germany, all in 2009; North Hall Gallery, New York, NY, 2008; and at UNT Artspace, Fort Worth, TX, 2007.


EDUCATION
2003
Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art, MFA

2000
University of North Texas, BFA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Waltz, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France

2015
Fort Worth, Skarstedt, Chelsea, New York

2014
Strangers, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom
Backlits, The National Exemplar, New York

2012
Come and Take It, Blackston, New York

2010
Afterglow, Blackston, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
In Different Ways, Almine Rech Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Puff Pieces, Rachel Uffner, New York

2015
Rascal House, Half Gallery, New York
Sprayed, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, United Kingdom

2014
The Shaped Canvas, Revisited, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York
Legs, The National Exemplar, New York

2013
Sculpture after Artschwager, David Nolan Gallery, New York
Justin Adian & Tristano Di Robilant, National Exemplar Gallery, New York
Steven Parrino/Blair Thurman/Justin Adian, Half Gallery, New York

2012
Salon Zürcher, Galerie Zürcher, Paris, France
I’m So Goth – I am Dead!, Queen’s Nails, San Francisco, California
New Traditionalist, Martos Gallery, New York
Can’t Stop Rock Lobster – Merkx & Gyrnne, Shoot the Lobster, New York

2011
Battle of the Brush: An Outdoor Painting Exhibit, Curated by Alexander Glauber, Bryant Park, New York

2010
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Benefit Auction, Lehmann Maupin, New York
You Were There, Curated by Thomas Duncan, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
Painting Comes Alive, Artjail

2009
Before the wind blows it all away, Rover Yonder, Brooklyn, New York
Untitled, Jack the Pelican Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Conceptual Furniture, DepARTment Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Lynchmob, HBC Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008
$999 Christmas Bizarre, Honey Space, New York
Collapsed Present, North Hall Gallery, New York

2007
UNT/NYC #2: Painting, the Semi Sublime, UNT Artspace, Fort Worth, Texas

2004
Into the Woods, Morsel Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Pushing Paint,Center for Visual Arts, Brookdale College, New Jersey
The Very Rich Hours, Elizabeth Line, New York

2003
Toxic, Max Protetch Gallery, New York
New Slang, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York
Off the Top, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York
Painting’s Edge Summer Residency Exhibition, Idyllwild, California
Art for Democracy, Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, New York
Selections from the MFA Annual, OSP Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Rutgers University Gallery, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, New Jersey
CAA MFA Exhibition, Hunter College, New York

2002
Faculty & Graduate Student Exhibition, Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey

2001
Master of Reality, Four Walls Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas
Five by Seven by X, Dunn & Brown Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2000
Pretty Paintings by Rejects, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
Expo 2000, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Beautiful Intentions, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, Texas

1999
Video Night, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, Texas
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, Texas

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2015
Prince, Richard. “Justin Adian”, Interview Magazine, January 2015

2014
Strangers, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom (exhibition catalogue)
Justin Adian: Soft and Loose, Fulton Ryder, New York
Meghan Dailey, “Artist Justin Adian Thinks Like a Painter”, W Magazine, June 2014

2010
Smith, Roberta. “Abstraction in Manhattan”, The New York Times, August 2010

2007
O’Brien, Titus. “New York Accents”, April 2007

2004
Conner, Jill. “The Very Rich Hours”, Contemporary, August 2004, issue 65

2003
Rinder, Lawrence. New American Paintings, MFA Annual, 2003 (illustrated)
Wallach, Amei. “Driven to Abstraction”, Artnews, November 2003, Vol.102, No.10

Selected Press

Surface Magazine
"Somewhere In Between"
April 2017
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ArtNews
"A Talk with Justin Adian"
July 2016
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Modern Painters
"Justin Adian"
December 2015
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ArtReview
"Justin Adian Fort Worth"
December 2015
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Artforum
"Justin Adian"
November 2015
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