Thursday, November 12, 2009

Justin Gibbens: American Basilisk

 American Basilisk. 20 x16 inches.  watercolor & gouache on paper

- 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship Award Recipient
- 2006 Pollock-Krasner Award Recipient
- Received a Scientific Illustration certificate from the University of Washington in 2003

Continuing in his own brand of subversive natural history, Gibbens has embellished the notable American ornithologist and illustrator Louis Agassiz Fuertes' wild turkey, a suitably inspired piece for the season. Gibbens has departed from his typically tight and illustrative style in the creation of American Basilisk. Working quickly on Yupo paper and doing away with his magnifying lens and his single haired brush, Gibbens subject took on painterly and impressionistic qualities.

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