Art in the Home

This Friday come and find out what people were willing to trade in order to get their first original work of art for their home. Artist and curator Clint Whiting asked fourteen artists to give him works of art that he would then find a home for. The requirements to receive an artwork were, it had to go into a home without any original art, and the recipient would be asked to give an object to the artist that they felt was a fair trade. Come and see the artworks and the objects they were exchanged for at The Rio Gallery in downtown Salt Lake this Friday, January 19th, from 6-9 PM. I'll have work in the show along with some of my favorite SLC artists.

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Artist/Dad is a show I curated that includes eleven artist fathers. The premise for the show was simple: How does being a dad affect your art? Each participant was given free reign to answer this question through their work.
The artists who participated are: Steven Stradley, Namon Bills, Jorge Rojas, Duston Todd, Fidalis Buehler, Tyler Swain, Colby Sanford, Spencer Budd, Jeffrey Hale, and myself. The show will be at Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City until January 12th.

 Some of the participating artists: (l-r) Clinton Whiting, Spencer Budd, Jorge Rojas, Justin Wheatley, Tyler Swain, Duston Todd

Some of the participating artists: (l-r) Clinton Whiting, Spencer Budd, Jorge Rojas, Justin Wheatley, Tyler Swain, Duston Todd


Interview on KRCL

It was a new experience to go on air and talk about an art show. Thank you Lara and Nick at KRCL for inviting me to share a few thoughts on "RadioActive" about the Artist/Dad show that is up at Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City until January 12th. Here's a link to the show:



Upcoming and Continuing Shows

It's been a busy few months and I'm excited for the coming weeks. Thanks for all the support!

October 26th: Concatenation: Faculty and Alumni Art Exhibit. The opening goes from 5-7pm in the Tippits Gallery in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the USU campus. 

November 1st: The President's Show, Salt Lake Community College. The opening reception is from 6-9 pm at the South City Campus, 1575 State Street, SLC, in the multipurpose room of the Center for Arts and Media. The show then runs from November 2 - 14, Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 7 pm, Friday 10 am - 3 pm.

November 11th: The 1-3-5 Show at the Sugarhouse Park Garden Center. Works from 27 artists will be priced at $100, $300, and $500 each. The show runs from 5-9 pm and is one night only. See @utahartmarket on Instagram for more details

November 17th: Small works at 15th Street Gallery as part of Salt Lake City's 3rd Friday Gallery Stroll.

November 24th: Solo show at Terzian Gallery in Park City. I've been preparing for this show for a couple of months and am really excited about it. This past week Terzian Gallery and I were given an opportunity to plug the show live on Fox 13's Good Day Utah.


November 30th: The $100 Show, Springville Museum of Art. Lots of well known local artists offer work at $100 per piece. Follow the museum on Instagram and Facebook for upcoming details.

December 1st: "Artist/Dad" is a show that I curated which will feature twelve artists, including myself, addressing the question "How does being a father affect your work?" The show runs from November 17th through Jan 12th, with an opening December first from 6-9 pm. Alice Gallery is located right by the governor's mansion, 617 East South Temple.

Continuing Shows:

Springville Museum 32nd Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah. I have two pieces in this show, which is up until January 10th, 2018.

BYU Museum of Art, The Interpretation Thereof: This is one of the most incredible shows I've participated in. I have two pieces in the show, which is on the main floor of the museum and runs through March 31st of 2018.

A Painting for the Marmalade Library

 Justin stands next to the painting, which will be on permanent display at the library.

Justin stands next to the painting, which will be on permanent display at the library.

On February 26, Salt Lake City held the grand opening of its newest library in the Marmalade neighborhood. I feel honored to have been asked to provide a painting for this incredible public space. The painting, titled "Antelope Island and the Oquirrh Mountains," provides a vista of the Great Salt Lake, which can be seen from the neighborhood hills.

Chairs for Charity

I had the privilege of watching the father/son team of Dan and Joshua Toone take my idea for this charity project and bring it to fruition. The chair will be auctioned off on December 10th at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. The money will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. The chair is titled "Shelter," in harmony with the purpose of Habitat for Humanity, and also features a bench made from re-purposed wood and lights powered by a solar panel that is attached on top.

The LDS Church's 10th International Competetion

I am thrilled that my painting "Prodigal Son" was one of 93 artworks selected from over 900 to be part of the Church of Jesus Christ's 10th International Art Competition! Even more exciting - the piece was purchased by the Church History Museum.

Show at Writ and Vision

Orem Library Interview

Artist Interview: Justin Wheatley

July 17, 2015 · by Orem Public Library · in ...and the Kitchen Sink. ·

Justin Wheatley is an artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University with an emphasis in drawing and painting and a Master’s in Education from National University. His art show will be at the Orem Library in the children’s section through August 6.
When did you decide to become an artist? What struggles did you encounter along the way?
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to make and teach art. I’m fortunate that I get to do both. The struggles have all been on a personal level. Art is definitely something that is self-driven and there is no room for getting tired or taking a break. If you do that, no one stops to wait.

Tell us about a piece you painted that was important to you.
“One Way” is an important piece for me. I love the idea of an all-white work of art and this one was a challenge. It’s much more conceptual than most of my work and I enjoyed the challenge of getting to the point where I was happy with it.

Which artists are you inspired by?
On a local level, Namon Bills from Spanish Fork has been a huge mentor and inspiration. He taught me a lot about the processes I use. Caitlin Connolly, Colby Sanford, and Leslie Duke are also good friends who I have learned a lot from. On an art rock star level, Lyonel Fieninger, Mark Rothko, and Richard Diebenkorn are all artists I look at when I need some inspiration.

Tell us a little about your process for creating a work of art.
My process is very intuitive. Probably too much. I usually have some sort of idea of what I’m going to do before I start, but the final product is almost always something that I hadn’t envisioned. I’ve been trying to do more studies and sketches before putting paint on the canvas, but I’m always so eager to get started that sketching is just something that gets in the way of painting.

What questions do you hope people ask themselves as they look at your art? What’s your advice for how to interact with and appreciate art?
Most of my work revolves around the home. I mean this in the sense of home vs. house. The paintings aren’t houses. They are portraits of places that a small number of people create their own little existences in. My advice for people who want to interact with art is simple. Ask yourself what it means to you. Don’t be concerned with what the artist is thinking.

Many of your paintings at the library draw from architectural shapes and use striking, bright colors that look unnatural. Do these shapes and colors have a special significance to you?
I have always been interested in the way man-made structures relate to nature. The bright colors are a way to reflect the idea that lots of what we do as people is an abrupt front to the beauty that can be found in our natural surroundings.