Piece description from the artist
I am a photorealist painter, and I work from original photographs of images that I find personally appealing. I like to explore the colors and textures of objects at a macro level. My paintings typically feature close-up views of tiny objects; I am particularly drawn to toys, candies, and other often-overlooked detritus of our popular culture. I find that when you isolate and magnify small details from these otherwise insignificant objects, they reveal more than just their hidden beauty; the mere act of enlarging these items to thousands of times their natural size and rendering all of the detail in paint creates a distinctly absurd sense of comedy. I like to think that my work makes people laugh, or at the very least it makes them more aware that there are entire worlds of beauty in even the tiniest object in their landscape.
A large portion of my work is based on the philosophy that Photorealism painting should be approached without style or embellishment, and adhere with devotion to reproducing the photographed image as accurately as possible in paint. Form, composition, and style occur naturally, and are illuminated as a result of this neutral approach.
LJ Lindhurst is a self-taught realist painter who was born in Antonia, Missouri, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. LJ has had several recent solo exhibitions at places including Mad Art in St. Louis and Gawker HQ in New York City. She has also been a part of many group exhibitions, such as WNYC's Dialogue of Art (NYC), the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, Indiana), General Electric Headquarters (Stamford, Connecticut), the Pelham Arts Center (Pelham, New York), and the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH).
LJ was also featured on the cover of Overflow magazine’s Spring 2012 issue and was the Artist's Spotlight in the May 2012 issue of Professional Artist Magazine.