i wrote about justin richel's love bird print available at little paper planes a while back. as soon as i saw it i just loved it. completely. the detail and color was really different from what i had been seeing lately and it was a welcome departure. faythe from paper boat gallery sent me a link today jostling my memory of justin's work. as i looked over his flickr sets, his vivid gouache paintings w/ their topsy-turvy-ness brought to mind images i would conjure up as a child reading mrs. piggle wiggle books. (did you ever read those books? they were sooo good.) well perhaps, not as refined and beautiful as justin's work, but you get what i mean. justin's work transcends a fairytale quality, that's rather grown up but in no way all stuffy pants, allowing us to still have some fun. check out his talking and suspicious paintings they're clever and funny and totes affordable. check his etsy shop for more.
justin has a few shows coming up (a solo one that just ended at galerie voss düsseldorf in germany), "drawn from maine" a group show at nancy margolis gallery, curated by bruce brown. July 10 - August 16 2008 and a group show at ken jones jr. fine art titled “movin’ on up!” in july.