JOSHUA FLINT

b. 1977, Merced, California
Lives and works in Portland, OR

Flint’s work is based on images curated from many sources such as digitized museum archives, vintage shops, and social media platforms. The paintings fluctuate between the familiar and the unknown while simultaneously including the past and present. By rearranging the hierarchy of elements the paintings become fictions that allow countless interpretations. Layered into works are references to liminality, ecological issues, neuroscience, psychological states, and the history of painting, among others.

The images sourced from out-of-date materials hold a special fascination. Much like observing the ruins of an old, grand building or a church in a state of decay, the characters and objects that populate his paintings are employed to create a sense of ephemerality, imbuing the work with a kind of fascination and anxiety, over the passage of time. Used in this way they serve as reminders that cutting edge trends and novelty will evolve into new iterations or be abandoned altogether. In addition, most of the photos incorporated into the works do not contain elements that were directed or photographed by the artist, all of which allows a certain distance to reinterpret as he sees fit. Flint says, “I can see this person or place in a photograph but know nothing about what is going on beyond those paper borders. That ambiguity, between the seen and unseen, between the real and the imaginary, is where my paintings live.” 

Exhibitions

2014
Solo  Exhibition | Sloane Merrill Gallery | Boston, MA

2013
American Parables: Solo Exhibition | Robert Lange Studios | Charleston, SC
Group Exhibition | Robert Lange Studios | Charleston, SC

2012
Group Exhibition Sloane Merrill Gallery | Boston, MA
Urban Intersection Exhibition Quidley & Co. Gallery | Boston, MA
Solo Exhibition
Robert Lange Studios | Charleston, SC

2011
Winter Exhibition | Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art | Greensboro, NC
Group Exhibition Robert Lange Studios | Charleston, SC
Group Exhibition Peterson Cody Gallery | Santa Fe, NM
Group Exhibition Cole Gallery | Seattle, WA

2010
Works on Paper Group Show Adam Cave Fine Art | Raleigh, NC
Two Artist Show Peterson Cody Gallery | Santa Fe, NM
Two Artist Show Robert Lange Studios | Charleston, SC

2009
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Howard Mandville Gallery | Kirkland, WA
Solo Show Cole Gallery | Seattle, WA
Oil Painters of America National Show Sage Creek Gallery | Santa Fe, NM
Group Exhibition Robert Lange Studios | Charleston, SC

2008
Group Exhibition Cole Gallery | Seattle, WA
Group Exhibition Lawrence Gallery | Portland, OR
Solo Exhibition Astoria Fine Art Gallery | Astoria, OR

2007
Group Exhibition Lawrence Gallery | Portland, OR
Invitational Exhibition Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts | Lake Oswego, OR
The Nude in the 21st Century Clatsop Community College | Astoria, OR

2005
National Young Artist Show Wendt Gallery | Laguna Beach, CA
Oil Painters of America Western Region Show Waterhouse Gallery | Santa Barbara, CA
Two Artist Show Lawrence Gallery | Portland, OR

2004
Oil Painters of America National Show Howard Mandville Gallery | Kirkland, WA
La Petite XI National Small Format Show Alder Gallery | Coburg, OR

2002 | Fine Art Spring Show Academy of Art University | San Francisco, CA

Selected Awards & Contributions

2011 Regional Artist Project Grant | Wake County, NC

2010 Give or Take Art Auction | Artspace | Raleigh, NC

2009
First Prize Winner 21 Over 31 | Southwest Art Magazine | November Issue
Habitat for Humanity | Easter Cooper Benefit | Mt. Pleasant, SC
Donor’s Award of Excellence | OPA National Exhibition | Santa Fe, NM

2008
Children's Cancer Association | Annual Gala Event | Portland, OR
Art Institute of Portland | Pocket Change Fundraiser | Portland, OR

2003 | Portland Art Museum | Colombia Riverkeeper Art Auction | Portland, OR

Education

1998-2002     
Academy of Art University | Bachelor of Fine Arts | San Francisco, CA

2011                 
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art | Vincent Desiderio Master Class

2005               
China Academy of Arts with Quan Shan Shi | Hang Zhou, China
China Academy of Arts with Gou Gang | Shanghai, China
Jove Wang Workshop, Jove Wang Studios | Los Angeles, CA.

2004               
Fechin Artists Workshops | Carolyn Anderson | Taos, NM

2001 & 2002
Work Scholar | Academy of Art University | San Francisco, CA

Selected Reviews & Publications

2012   
"Featured Artist" | American Art Collector | July Issue

2011  
"Featured Artist" | American Art Collector | June Issue

2010  
"Featured Artist" | American Art Collector | September Issue
"Featured Artist" | American Art Collector | July Issue

2009   
Southwest Art Magazine | Cover Artist and Feature | November Issue
"Featured Artist" | American Art Collector  | July Issue
"Joshua Flint: A Glimpse of Painted Motion" | Empty Easel, Web Feature | May Issue

2007   
Astoria Arts Festival | Cover Artist | Summer Issue

2006   
Southwest Art Magazine | Featured in "Ten Artists on the Rise in 2006" | January Issue

2005   
"Featured Artist" | The Grove Review | Fall Issue

Teaching Experience

2012  
Pacific Northwest College of Art | Adjunct Professor | Portland, OR

2011    
Art Institute of Portland | Guest Speaker | Portland, OR
North Carolina State University | Guest Speaker | Raleigh, NC
Artspace - Visual Art Center | Instructor | Raleigh, NC

2010   
Artspace - Visual Art Center | Instructor | Raleigh, NC

2009   
Pacific Northwest College of Art | Adjunct Professor | Portland, OR

2008   
Pacific Northwest College of Art | Continuing Education Instructor | Portland, OR 

2006    
Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts | Artist in Residence | Lake Oswego, OR

Public Collections
City of Astoria, Oregon.