AD 181 | Justin Mortimer

Justin Mortimer (b.1970) is a British artist whose paintings consistently invite us to question the relationship between subject matter and content, beauty and horror, and between figuration and abstraction. While the imagery is almost exclusively pitiless, the texturing of the paint, the play between light and shade, and the passages that lead from photo-realist definition to near-abstract formlessness are so sensitively handled as to make the work at least partially redemptive as well as to indicate a key philosophical dimension: the oblique relationship between evidence and interpretation.

In his recent solo show, his works create paradoxical beauty in the landscape of oppression and violence around the world. With the Covid-19 pandemic and the escalating racial conflict, Justin Mortimer's solo exhibition sets the stage for reflection on the 'tomorrow' of our society.

Show Notes:
  • 0:00:00 - Introduction
  • 0:04:52 - Paradoxical Psychological Truth in Words
  • 0:08:34 - Feeling Like An Outsider & Childhood Story
  • 0:12:57 - Balloons as Proxy For The Body & Learning Figurative Paintin
  • 0:17:06 - Painting Latex, Dysmorphia, and Mask
  • 0:20:22 - BP Portrait Award and Learning and Unlearning Portrait Paintin
  • 0:24:25 - Digital Collaging The Overlooked Imagin
  • 0:29:23 - Not Knowing When Paintings Are Don
  • 0:32:54 - Empathy With People Diametrically Opposing View
  • 0:37:19 - New Meanings of Paintings Included in Solo Show "Tomorrow
  • 0:42:53 - COVID-19 Struggle
  • 0:46:40 - "The Social Dilemma" by Jeff Orlowski and No More Trut
  • 0:48:54 - Past Generations and "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" by Werner Herzo
  • 0:54:02 - Decoding The Everyday Object
  • 0:58:03 - Meanings Transform Over Tim
  • 1:02:11 - Painting David Bowie and Expectations of Portrait Painting
  • 1:15:15 - Wrap Up

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Posted 10.16.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

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