Justin Wheatley was born and raised in Clinton, Utah. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University with an emphasis in drawing and painting, and a Masters of Arts from National University.Â Art and architecture seem to be a reoccurring theme in his work and life.Â His work has long explored the idea of home as a safe place.Â He is represented by galleries across the west and are present in museums and universities. On the Krakens he says this about his work:Â
â€œDuring college I studied abroad in Germany and a considerable amount of our coursework was based around drawing and painting architecture. I quickly became fascinated at the amount of thought and work that goes into constructing the buildings we work and dwell in and their relatively short lifespan. Buildings come and go. Cities come and go. From there I began thinking of the relationship that architecture has with its surroundings, and itâ€™s pretty clear that nature always has the upper hand.â€
â€œI have long considered the houses I paint to be representations of people. In that sense, many of my paintings could be a critique on social media as well as suburbia. The paintings are relatively simple, but they address complicated issues. I hope that even though there is a dark side to some of my work, it can be viewed in a humorous way.â€
Images: Courtesy of Justin Wheatley.