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With unique sweeping gestures, deft color play and multitudes of layers, Justin Terry’s abstract paintings envelope the viewer, encouraging them to get lost in the movements within the expressive and energetic work.  Terry’s paintings draw on the legacy of Lyrical Abstraction, building on an understanding of musicality in painterly strokes.  Terry's artistic process is organic, utilizing spontaneity and intuition, which allow his paintings to develop a lyrical sensibility.  The viewer is encouraging to become engrossed in his multiple colors, patterns and compositions.  Terry explains, “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.”

Not only does Terry’s work provide a meditative experience, but his paintings also depict a palpable sense of the time and labor devoted to constructing these abstractions.  Revealing the connection between time and the creative process, Terry titles each painting based on the date the work is complete.  Terry states, "The majority of our days pass without notice, devoured the grind of work or movements of some other kind, yet each one carries a mark - distinct in how it can affect an individual’s perception, as well as, their future days to come.  In 2007, I started naming these paintings after the day on which they where completed, to give a meditative nod or gesture to the anonymous day."  Through this subtle and evocative reference, these works become a record of the energy, movements and time involved in his studio process while leaving the possibilities open for multiple interpretations.


MFA Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

MS Theory, Criticism, and History of Art, Design, and Architecture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

BFA Fine Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1997

Solo Exhibitions

Lifted Space, Saint Peter's Church, New York, NY, 2014.

July 18 & 19, 2009, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2011

Hush the Static, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2010

2 Paintings, Exhibition Series, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, TN, 2009-10

Daily, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

New Paintings, Rumors Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2002

Wildflower, Belcourt Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2002


Selected Group Exhibitions

Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound (Parts 1 & 2), The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Seeking Space, The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Vibrant Intersections, 443 PAS, New York, NY, 2012

Bid to Save the Earth, Christie’s, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, 2012

Art in Open Spaces, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2009

Rumors Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2004

The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Mercy Lounge & Belmont University, Nashville, TN, 2004

Rumors Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2003

MORE, An Untitled Artist Group Exhibition, Cummings Station, Nashville, TN, 2002


Selected Collections

Quindao Residences, Quindao, China

NYLO Hotels, Carrollton, TX

Medco Health Solutions, Memphis, TN

Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn



Churchill, Jessie.  "Artist Feature: Justin Terry."  Looking At Painting.  UK edition. 2014.

Miller, David James. "Selected Images and Cover."  SET, A Journal of Experimental Poetry, These Signals Press.  2014.

Nolan, Joe. “Hush Hush.” Nashville Scene. March, 27, 2010. 

Wibking, Angela. “New Kid On The Block – New Works By Jason Erwin and Justin Terry.” Nashville Scene. May 16, 2002. 


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