Justin Gaffrey original artwork is now available at Key West Gallery.
Justin Gaffrey was born in 1970 in Red Bank, New Jersey. His family moved here to Walton County Florida in 1980 when Justin was 10 years old. In his adult life he worked in furniture design and the culinary arts. Justin eventually went on to open his own restaurant, “Café Sublime,” in Gulf Place where he served as both owner and head chef.
In 2001 Justin decided that the long hours and stress of being a restaurateur were no longer sustainable. He decided to sell his business and in the meantime find something to make a living where he could still work with his hands, be creative, make himself happy, and make others happy. Justin remembered the joy he found painting, finishing, and designing furniture. Justin simply got some paint and began painting everyday. His earliest works were very flat and executed in a folk art style reminiscent of Grandma Moses and Rev. Howard Finster. Justin recalls local 30A folk artist Woodie Long as being an influence on his earlier works. Many subjects of Justin’s early work were figurative and influenced by the New Orleans Voo-Doo culture.
Free from the responsibilities of owning a restaurant, Justin began traveling. It was during Justin’s travels that he discovered the work of Van Gogh. Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers” struck a chord with him. Justin was in awe of Van Gogh’s use of thousands of tiny brush strokes, built in layers, to create the complete composition. Justin could relate this style to his experience as a chef where he used several different herbs, spices, vegetables, and proteins to make a complete and delicious experience. When Justin returned from his travels he applied what he had learned from Van Gogh to his own work. He began his interpretation of Sunflowers using a palette knife. He mixed latex house paint with latex caulk. This allowed Justin to stack many layers of thick paint to create a heavily textured style. He later switched to heavy bodied artists acrylics that he still uses today.
Justin has been working as a professional artist since 2001. All of Justin’s work is inspired partially by nature and mostly by human nature and life experience. The underlying motif of Justin’s work is the connection of all things through nature, shared experiences, and the passion to create and learn new things. Justin’s drive to create and learn through his work makes for a very diverse body of creations.
Justin’s collectors span from Norway to Australia, Ireland, and all over the United States. His work has been featured in publications such as Southern Living, Florida Digest, and Better Homes & Gardens. Justin has toured all over the country with his work and has had museum and gallery shows in New York, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, and Richmond, Va.
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Keiki in Blue
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We were thrilled to be in Minneapolis this weekend with Bill Mack at the unveiling of the Tom Kelly sculpture at Target Field this weekend. Congratulations to Bill on another job well done! Read about the spectacular event below.
Former Twins manager Tom Kelly honored in bronze
Tom Kelly marveled Friday evening at the large bronze statue of him that was unveiled outside Target Field.
“I guess I did manage during the steroid era,” he quipped will standing beside his over-sized image. “I just didn’t know that I took any.”
In 16 years as the Twins manager, Kelly led the team to it’s only World Series titles, in 1987 and 1991. The team is honoring the former this weekend on the 30th anniversary of its championship.
“They’re the team that got the monkey off the back of the state of Minnesota for winning that World Series,” Kelly said of the 30-year-old team.
In the sculpture, he’s wearing a familiar No. 10 jersey, since retired by the Twins, over brawny shoulders. Several of his former players watched the ceremony, as did current Twins manager Paul Molitor, who both played for Kelly and coached with him.
“I think it’s great when teams honor clubs like the ’87 team, especially for players and coaches who are old enough to remember those times and had a chance to be a witness to watching that unfold,” Molitor said. “Honoring TK with a statue, it’s the right thing.
“Personally, I’m someone who is indebted to TK for what he did for me as a manager after having a chance to coach for him and be around him the last couple of decades. He’s had probably a big an influence in this organization – especially with the championships – as anybody that you can think of.”
With a 1140-1244 career record, Kelly managed more games and won more games than any other Twins skipper. He was inducted into the Twins’ Hall of Fame in 2002.
“I’m just riding their coattails,” Kelly said of his former players. “Because they got the job done.”
If you have not joined us for a trip to Bill Mack’s Studio, Camelot- you should! Read about Larry and Joanne Gaydos’ recent experience below. Thank you Larry and Joanne for taking the time to let us know what a great time you had!
“Larry and I are at the airport waiting on our flight back to Texas. We want to thank you all for the most incredible weekend of our life. We are still trying to wrap our heads around the weekend. Bill & Deb are fabulous people and we met some great people besides them. It was the most fun weekend ever. You all are truly amazing and we want you to know how much we appreciated all you did.
I find it truly amazing how God works in our lives. We looked back over how we met you through the Gallery and how through the Thomas Arvid of many years ago we have now come to Bill Mack. We will forever look at our Hollywood Pictures and forever think of you all and this incredible adventure we had this past weekend. Thanks to all involved in making this the most incredible experience ever. We are in Key West in October & February. Never doubt your incredible ability to make many people happy through your hard work and your wonderful gallery. Hugs! Joanne & Larry”
There is still time to sign up and join us July 21 & 22nd in Minneapolis, MN for another spectacular event with Bill Mack, Deb Mack, Gary Welton, and Jillian Lee. 305-292-9339 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This One’s on Me! Original Oil by Javier
Bombay Dreams Original Oil by Javier