Biography / Statement

Biography

Courtesy Krista Schlyer, 2014

Justin Fair is a budding urban planner, arts manager and a visual artist in the Baltimore-DC area. Currently seeking 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. Since 2012, Mr. Fair has 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. 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 on the city-line in Catonsville’s Paradise neighborhood, with his husband and their new kitten.

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.