About

Artist Biography

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Artist Statement

My creative spirit is awakened by the beauty I see in naturally occurring patterns and textures. As a visual explorer, and in the spirit of discovery, I pull on my leather boots, sling a camera across my back and go out in search of hidden beauty.

My inspiration may come while walking through the gritty chaos of a metal scrap yard or forgotten natural area. I find beauty in imperfection and see it in the weathered surface of a scrap of metal, natural stone or other found object. I seek to capture images that speak to me and have visual information I want to incorporate into my artwork. My desire is to inspire the viewer to seek and appreciate the unseen or overlooked beauty all around us.

I love a good representational composition as well - and sometimes combine those images I've captured with an overlay of another image of rust or texture I've taken along the way. This technique can give an ethereal or dreamy quality to the finished image. These compositions are released from a seemingly mundane image of a simple landscape when combined with an image of a weathered surface, and take on a new life, forever changed and elevated to a new form of visual energy.

My artistic process begins with an digital image printed in my studio using archival pigment inks on heavy100% cotton hot press fine art paper. The print can be mounted on a custom made boxed panel. The limited edition print is hand textured with clear acrylic medium for a beautiful brushstroke finish.

EXHIBITIONS

“Celebrate Decay: Beauty Conveyed”, Solo Show, Two Zero Two Gallery, Walla Walla, WA 2019
Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2019
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Art Fair, Bellevue, WA. 2018
Art in the Pearl Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR. 2018
Wenaha Gallery Solo Show, Dayton, WA. 2017
Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA. 2017
Salem Art Fair & Festival, Salem, OR. 2017
Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA. 2016
Gallery at the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2016
Art in the Pearl Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR. 2014
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Art Fair, Bellevue, WA. 2013
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR. 2013
Art in the Pearl, Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR. 2012
Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2012
Gallery by the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2011
Sausalito Juried Art Festival, Sausalito, CA. 2011
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Art Fair, Bellevue, WA. 2011
Gallery at the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2011
You & I Gallery, "This Is What I Do" Art Show, Kennewick, WA. 2011
509 Juried Art Exhibition, Washington State University, Richland, WA. 2011
"Painting With Light: A Photographer's Journey" Allied Art Gallery, Richland, WA. 2010
Gallery at the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2010
Larsen Gallery, 43rd Annual Allied Arts Juried Exhibition , Yakima, WA. 2010
Scottsdale Juried Art Festival, Scottsdale AZ, March 2010
54th Annual Central WA Artists' Juried Exhibition, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA. 2009
Art In The Pearl Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR. 2009
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Arts Fair, Bellevue, WA. 2009
Gallery at the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2009
Gallery at the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2008
Washington State University, Fall Artists' Exhibition, Richland, WA. 2008
Larsen Gallery, 53rd Central Washington Juried Artists' Exhibition, Yakima, WA. 2008
"Introducing LuAnn Ostergaard", Simon Gallery, Yakima, WA. 2008
Gallery at the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2007

AWARDS

Best of Show, Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2016
Excellence in 2-D Medium, Condotta Award, Gallery at the Park, Richland, WA. 2013
Purchase Award, Larsen Gallery Guild, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA. 2009
Chancellor's Award, Washington State University, Richland, WA. 2008
Purchase Award, Argus Insurance, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA. 2007

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

3 Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Grand Hyatt Lodge, Denver, CO
Omni Hotel, Austin, TX
Hyatt Place Hotel, Athens, GA
Marriott Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
Portside at the Inlet, West Palm Beach, FL
Miramonte Resort, Choachella/Palm Desert, CA
Argus Insurance, Yakima, WA
Rettig, Osborne, Forgette, Kennewick, WA

REPRESENTATION

Blackwell Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Phinney Gallery, Joseph, OR
Wenaha Gallery, Dayton, WA
Gallery by the Park, Richland, WA
Earthenworks Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

LINKS
RastovichArt.com, Joseph Rastovich, Sculptor