justin gaffrey

 

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Justin Gaffrey was born in 1970 in Red Bank, New Jersey. His family moved here to Walton County Florida in 1980 when Justin was 10 years old. In his adult life he worked in furniture design and the culinary arts. Justin eventually went on to open his own restaurant, “Café Sublime,” in Gulf Place where he served as both owner and head chef.

In 2001 Justin decided that the long hours and stress of being a restaurateur were no longer sustainable. He decided to sell his business and in the meantime find something to make a living where he could still work with his hands, be creative, make himself happy, and make others happy. Justin remembered the joy he found painting, finishing, and designing furniture. Justin simply got some paint and began painting everyday. His earliest works were very flat and executed in a folk art style reminiscent of Grandma Moses and Rev. Howard Finster. Justin recalls local 30A folk artist Woodie Long as being an influence on his earlier works. Many subjects of Justin’s early work were figurative and influenced by the New Orleans Voo-Doo culture. 

Free from the responsibilities of owning a restaurant, Justin began traveling. It was during Justin’s travels that he discovered the work of Van Gogh. Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers” struck a chord with him.  Justin was in awe of Van Gogh’s use of thousands of tiny brush strokes, built in layers, to create the complete composition. Justin could relate this style to his experience as a chef where he used several different herbs, spices, vegetables, and proteins to make a complete and delicious experience. When Justin returned from his travels he applied what he had learned from Van Gogh to his own work. He began his interpretation of Sunflowers using a palette knife. He mixed latex house paint with latex caulk. This allowed Justin to stack many layers of thick paint to create a heavily textured style. He later switched to heavy bodied artists acrylics that he still uses today.

Justin has been working as a professional artist since 2001. All of Justin’s work is inspired partially by nature and mostly by human nature and life experience. The underlying motif of Justin’s work is the connection of all things through nature, shared experiences, and the passion to create and learn new things. Justin’s drive to create and learn through his work makes for a very diverse body of creations.

Justin’s collectors span from Norway to Australia, Ireland, and all over the United States. His work has been featured in publications such as Southern Living, Florida Digest, and Better Homes & Gardens. Justin has toured all over the country with his work and has had museum and gallery shows in New York, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, and Richmond, Va.

 

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Commissions 

 Personalize your art

Justin can create a customed size, colors and genre for your personal piece of art. For commission inspiration, we suggest that you spend time going through our online photo album of Justin's past and current pieces. This will give you ideas for the subject of your painting and colors that Justin can create for you.

Click HERE to view online photo album

When placing an order for a commission, you will need to speak to an Art Consultant for they are the communication liaison between you and Justin. At that time you will discuss commission description including size, colors, and details for your painting. Once all details are sorted, then you place a 50% deposit of total price for the painting. Please allow Justin 6-24 weeks to complete the commissioned piece. If you need it soon, please let the Art Consultant know so a particular time frame is communicated to Justin. If you need the piece before 6 weeks, please let the Art Consultant know and they will commit if this can be done for you for an additional charge.

Once your commission is complete, your Art Consultant will take photos and reach out for approval of your personalized piece of art. Once the piece is approved then you make a final payment and the art is ready to be picked up or shipped out to you.  

 

PLEASE CALL THE GALLERY FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 850.267.2022

 

COASTAL COLLECTION

 

SEASCAPES | LAKESCAPES | WATERSCAPES | WAVES

 

      Some of Justin’s most recognizable works are his beautiful landscape paintings of the Gulf of Mexico. He also has work of the unique 15 Coastal Dune Lakes found along Scenic Highway 30a in South Walton, FL. These painterly acrylic compositions serve as a reflection of the colors, textures, and panoramic views of the Gulf Coast. Justin’s landscape paintings are on permanent display at the Panama City International Airport, Sacred Heart Hospital of Santa Rosa Beach, Trenasse Restaurant in New Orleans, Trebeache Restaurant in Red Fish Village, and The Henderson Resort in Destin, FL.

 

PLEASE CALL THE GALLERY FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 850.267.2022

One of our Art Consultants will forward inventory and information to you about current paintings available. Below are samples of paintings that may or may not be available. Our Art Consultants can help you with sizes, styles, colors, and mediums. If you would like to make an appointment to have a one-on-one consultation either at the gallery or in-home, please call 850.267.2022. 

 

 

FLORAL SERIES

 

WILDFLOWERS | POPPIES | SUNFLOWERS | ALL FLOWERS | EXPRESSIONIST FLORALS

 

      Justin’s floral paintings are inspired by his extensive travels and rooted in art history. His expansive fields of the vivid red poppies are inspired by his travels in Italy and his sunflower pieces are inspired by his love of Van Gogh. Within the floral series there are painterly expressionist pieces, pieces with carefully arranged, hand-formed flowers, as well as all over floral compositions. The floral series reflects Justin’s love of color and beauty in nature.

PLEASE CALL THE GALLERY FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 850.267.2022

One of our Art Consultants will forward inventory and information to you about current paintings available. Below are samples of paintings that may or may not be available. Our Art Consultants can help you with sizes, styles, colors, and mediums. If you would like to make an appointment to have a one-on-one consultation either at the gallery or in-home, please call 850.267.2022. 

 

organic works

 

NESTS | STILL LIFE | CONTEMPORARY

 

      The organic works include Justin’s sculpted nests, paintings featuring local wildlife, and other various mixed media sculptural works. The nest compositions are a metaphor for security, home, and family. Justin depicts much of the coastal wildlife he encounters while riding his bike on the trails along Scenic Highway 30A. His subjects include deer, rabbits, bears, and reptiles; as well as a vast array of sea-life found in the gulf and coastal lakes. Justin recently began working with steel, welding several organic, mixed-media pieces, both wall hung and freestanding sculptural pieces, made up of local cypress, string, burlap, welded steel, driftwood, and acrylic paint.

 

PLEASE CALL THE GALLERY FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 850.267.2022

One of our Art Consultants will forward inventory and information to you about current paintings available. Below are samples of paintings that may or may not be available. Our Art Consultants can help you with sizes, styles, colors, and mediums. If you would like to make an appointment to have a one-on-one consultation either at the gallery or in-home, please call 850.267.2022. 

 


still life

 

STAG | RABBIT | BEE | BIRD | HORSE

 

   Still Life painting has deep roots throughout art history and includes a wide range of subject matter. Justin’s still-life paintings are often made up of culinary inspired compositions of shrimp and crawfish feasts, peace symbols, butterflies, hummingbirds, and beautiful bouquets of flowers.

   Justin's love for nature extends to animals too. His conceptual self-portrait series includes the Stag, Rabbit and Bee. He resonates with the Stag the most of all animals. He respects the graceful and peaceful nature of the Stag and appreciations that he is still strong and preserved. Justin calls the Rabbit, the Trickster. The Rabbit represents the witty and mischievous side of himself. Justin dreams about Bees. Bees also represent community, communication and dedication to hard work.  

In 2017, Justin created "thought provoking" paintings that are rare originals and limited genre editions. These pieces are considered part of the Collectors Series. 

 

 

PLEASE CALL THE GALLERY FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 850.267.2022

One of our Art Consultants will forward inventory and information to you about current paintings available. Below are samples of paintings that may or may not be available. Our Art Consultants can help you with sizes, styles, colors, and mediums. If you would like to make an appointment to have a one-on-one consultation either at the gallery or in-home, please call 850.267.2022. 

 

 

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WELDED STEEL SCULPTURES 

Justin started creating sculptures in 2013. Since he is a completely self-taught artist, it would only make sense that he would teach himself how to weld. His sculptures represent meaningful creations with materials used such as welded steel, acrylic, cypress wood block and panels, string and metal. 

 

 
 
Brian Wood, Gallery Director

Brian Wood, Gallery Director

ABOUT

The gallery is operated in tandem by Brian Wood and Amanda Kaiser. Please read more about their roles and how their expertise can assist with your art decisions. 

Brian Wood is from Nashville, TN and has been working with Justin since 2011. Brian graduated from the Memphis College of Art in 1994 with a major in Painting and Drawing and a minor in Sculpture. Brian worked in art galleries all through college and has also worked in helping to paint stage sets for the Memphis and Nashville Ballet companies, painted guitars for the Gibson Custom Shop, and worked for a time designing custom kitchens and baths for many homes along 30A.

Brian started working with Justin as the gallery preparator and Justin’s artist assistant and now serves as the Gallery Director.  Brian’s responsibilities as Gallery Director include sales, shipping, installation, and photography of all work as well as care, maintenance, and design of the gallery. Brian works closely with Justin in hashing out new ideas and planning for shows and travel outside of our area as well as being an all around ambassador for Justin and the gallery.

Brian enjoys spending time with his wife Callie traveling, looking at art, making art, bicycling, kayaking, golfing, skateboarding, listening to music, and going to the beach. Brian and Callie have a German Border Husky fur baby named Miki.

Amanda Kaiser is from a coastal town just due west of 30A on the Alabama Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores, AL. Amanda comes to the Justin Gaffrey Gallery with a communications and marketing background. She has an A.A. degree in Mass Communications and a B.A. degree in Public Relations/Advertising from the University of West Florida. 

Amanda has experience in sales/marketing of art and interior design and has a vast understanding of communicating online to increase market presence and engage with friends, art collectors and followers of the Justin Gaffrey Gallery. Her responsibilities include art sales, inventory management, online marketing, social media, media relations, press and content writing, graphic designs, all social media photography and creating outside relationships with art collectors and galleries.

Amanda Kaiser, Art Director

Amanda Kaiser, Art Director

Amanda resides on 30A in Seagrove Beach with her teenage son who attends the Seaside Neighborhood high school - Seacoast Collegiate High School. She enjoys producing professional writing and photography. Amanda also loves to travel with her son and play on the beach with her Australian Shepherd, Nova. 

 

 
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