Justin is a sculptor, cartoonist, and designer hailing from Centennial, Colorado.  He discovered a love of sculpture halfway through his three-year career as a graphic design major at Gordon College, and ended up graduating with a BA in both sculpture and design.  Most notably, Justin was a part of Natura Obscura, an immersive installation at the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Englewood, and his work is represented by fooLPRoof Contemporary Art Gallery in Denver's River North Arts District.  This summer, he will be traveling to Denmark to work as a Young-Artist-In-Residence at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center.
Whimsy is absolutely essential to my work.  There is a lightness and joy that can only come through creation, a playfulness that can tackle subjects large and small.  This is not humor in a cynical or dismissive sense, but a humor that comes from engaging with the world and finding beauty in the humble things.  
My desire for whimsy takes shape in characters of outrageous shape and proportion.  My eternal fascination with creatures both real and imaginary, as well as an obsession with all things comic or cartoon, drew me naturally to things like The Muppets, Gravity Falls, Spore, Popeye the Sailor, and the Legend of Zelda when I was growing up.  My inspiration from these popular sources has evolved and matured as I have, eventually merging with a more formal education in art and art history to create universes teeming with bizarre yet amicable creatures.  My studio and my sketchbooks are populated with gnomes, amphibians, extra-terrestrials, and everything in between.  These creatures are both nostalgic and unheard of, as familiar as a picture book but as foreign as a brand new species.  They are the embodiments of the wonder I find in creation as well as the humor I want others to experience.
"Nude men in sculpture are not as beautiful as toads."
- Constantin Brancusi
Email me: justindkedl@gmail.com