Following my recent exhibits in 2011 and 2012, I have enjoyed taking part in several more personal and altruistic projects. I have enjoyed rediscovering the original joy surrounding my art and the freedom therein.
"Road Trip" oil/canvas 96"x54" 1997
I have been pursuing a less traditional style and more blending the potpourri of influences I have been absorbing my entire life. These include my history as a skateboard designer, comic aficionado and some work in lowbrow, Los Angeles animation. I have also enjoyed donating several pieces to three different, excellent causes which had art auctions to help raise money for various charities. I am also branching out overseas: with my work being displayed on the cover of BBeyond magazine and on their website. www.theartcollector.org/justin-forbes/
Self Portrait Waiting for the F Train
One in a long line of Self Portraits in environmentally significant locations. This one was done when waiting for the F train in New York, 2002. By forcing perspective and playing with light I like to try directing the viewers eye to my own.
The Human figure has always been central to my work. I also look to landscapes much like a stage, with elements and players. 'John Dee Holeman'
"Portrait of John Dee Holeman" oil/acrylic/canvas 2007
I love the soul of a landscape, yet I have found that I can combine a portrait and still life, place these in a landscape, and tell a very real narrative.