Justin Bean


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This acrylic painting on canvas combines my love of hard-edged geometric abstraction with a more emotive, gestural method of applying the paint. I also wanted to create a painting that featured a bright, neutral and naturalistic palette. Naming paintings is always tricky and involves an ongoing search for a word or phrase that connects in my mind with the work. I don't intend the names of paintings to be "keys" to explaining the work, but their must be a resonance between the name and the work. "Croatoan" is a mysterious, fascinating word that may come from a combination of two Algonquin works. Three years after dropping 115 settlers on Roanoke island in what is now North Carolina, the colony's governor returned from England to the same location to find that the settlers had disappeared. The word croatoan was found carved into a nearby tree.

30"H × 24"W × 1.25"D
Acrylic on stretched canvas


In my paintings I seek to integrate multiple modes of abstraction and create a visual language that speaks to coded networks of information and the relationship of the individual to the wider technological present. Using patterns, grids, geometry, and a variety of paint application techniques, my paintings act as mirrors that reflect the point at which thought intersects with form and material intersects with meaning.

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