Today we’d like to introduce you to Shea Justice.
Shea, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. I attended Boston University where I got a degree in teaching and have been an art teacher for the last twenty-five years. I grew up wanting to be an artist after watching episodes of a local T.V program called ” Drawing from Nature with Captain Bob Cottle”. At the end of each episode he would highlight art from viewers who sent work in and on one episode a drawing of mine was shown. I was around seven.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work is political and full of social commentary. I often combine words with text in the images. Currently I self-publish images from my sketchbooks into magazines on blurb.com I continue to work on a scroll project I began in 2003 which I write and document the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and how it impacts our country both foreign and domestic. Currently the instillation is over a mile in length and I would eventually like to exhibit it. Possibly at the Smithsonian. I also do portraits of African American, Native American and other historical figures not mentioned in history books. Those are often the things I display at exhibitions. People should know that my art is for sale and my work is created as a learning tool in addition to display items.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
My work is consistent no matter what changes go on. I touch on the topics of class, race, war and gender and place it in an historical context. I think the art world/ galleries/ museums are a bit too expensive and elitist when it comes to real world problems and speaking to the common person. Ticket prices, original work, themes of some of the shows might be a factor. Maybe it’s because the prices for art are too expensive. I would hope to be a part of something creatively that reaches a broader audience.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work online if you google the name Shea Justice artist, On Facebook and YouTube. People can support my work by purchasing it but also leaving commentary and feedback. My studio is at Northeastern University’s African American Master Artist Residency Program at 76 Atherton street in Jamaica Plain. People can visit and see my work on display along with the art of other artists of color.
- Address: 76 Atherton street Jamaica Plain Mass 02130
- Website: https://secure.blurb.com/my/checkout/shipping
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shea.justice
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah13kiMzE3E