Biography / Statement

Biography

Courtesy Krista Schlyer, 2014

Justin Fair is an urban planner and a  community development coordinator with a love for the arts in the Baltimore-DC area. Currently pursuing his Masters in City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University, Mr. Fair is also a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park with a double-degree in studio art and theatre. From 2012 to 2018, Mr. Fair worked as the Economic Development Coordinator with the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, managing a portfolio of development projects, business consultations, public art commissions, databases, and engaging with the community. Mr. Fair now works with the State of Maryland strengthening the State’s Housing and Community Development services.

Since 2010, Mr. Fair continues to provide freelance in graphic design and arts management via his small business, Soulstrong Design. He is thrilled to work with teams making measurable growth for business innovation, urban planning and design, and the arts. Mr. Fair lives in Baltimore, MD.

Curious to see his art-in action? Browse his dry-media, acrylic painting, and seasonally freelances video performance art at www.justinfair.com. While there, you can also browse his prolific photography and online musings.

Statement

Justin Fair s dry media drawings phrase dark themes with an optimistic silver lining. With a rich palette of innate tones and textures, he explores primal human concepts, like conflict-of-character, childhood joys and spiritual awakening (examples include 2011’s “Jumpers”, 2012’s “Play”, and 2011’s “Shechinah”, respectively).With works like “Sick” (2009), “Catharsis” (2011), and “New Life” (2014), Mr. Fair channels heartfelt concepts stemming from fearful isolation, question, and unknown opportunity into narratives of conquering fear, earnest devotion and capturing joy. His work is autobiographical and an exploration of discipline or the lack there-of.