Justin Terry


Justin Terry

Justin Terry grew up in Nashville, TN.  He received a BFA from University of Colorado at Boulder and a double masters (MS & MFA) from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  He draws inspiration for his works from historical abstract painters such as Gerhard Richter and Mark Rothko, as well as musical influences ranging from Sonic Youth to Miles Davis.  He has exhibited in private galleries and public locations across the United States. He is a contributor to contemporary art publications such as the Brooklyn Rail and ArtCritical, and teaches at Pratt Institute during the summer.


I find the visual rhythmic language of color, patterns, and texture, as release from the perceptions and realities of everyday life.  Abstraction, for me, is an organically evolving and intimate process.  Each piece begins as a search to find unpredictable happenings of color and marks, and then orchestrate them into visceral fields wherein the eye may roam.  I draw a poetic correlation between the friction of the mark and the movement of our days.  Time is a combination of perception and friction.  We are our perception, in a moment, traveling through time, encountering friction.  Our days are valuable, our time is valuable.  I’ve been naming these abstracts after the days on which they are finished, rendering them largely anonymous.  This way of titling the work is intentionally subtle and unobtrusive to keep the work open and allow the viewer to bring to it what they will.  The surfaces are lyrically meditative, allowing an individual to let go and explore their own personal authenticity and meaning.  I find the same type of pleasure through the act of looking, as I do when I listen to music that I love.  What I want to do with these abstracts, is to give someone that sense of enjoyment, akin to listening to a song or musical composition, through seeing.


b. 1973, Knoxville, TN
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 2009Pratt Institute, MS
  • 2009Pratt Institute, MFA
  • 1997University of Colorado at Boulder, BFA
  • 2013New Paintings, St. Peter's Church, New York, NY
  • 2010Hush the Static, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
  • 20092 Paintings, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, TN
  • 2009Daily, Stueben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012Vibrant Intersections, 443 PAS, New York, NY
  • 2009Art In Open Spaces, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
  • 2011July 18 & 19, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN
I accept studio visits and commissions. Please email me if interested, or contact me by phone and leave a message. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions, as well. Thank you.