Justin Life is a Boston based artist and educator. He received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University ('07) and a BFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro ('02). He studied abroad at Winchester School of Art at Southampton University in England ('02). His recent shows include On Site, Mission Hill Building Gallery, SMFA ('05); Affirming the Hand, Courtyard Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ('05); and The Student Annual Exhibition, Grossman Gallery, SMFA ('06). Life also teaches at the Boston Architecture Center.
My recent artwork evolves from photographs I have taken while exploring wooded areas in Boston, MA, and Chapel Hill, NC. I transform and reverse the photos to inspire scratch-board drawings. In these works, I improvise mandala-like images that seek to connect the fractal structures found in everyday life with structures found in representations of the universe and Baroque figurative painting.