Justin Spurlin is a painter and sculptor working in encaustics as well as cast metals.
The word encaustic comes from the Greek word enkaustikos meaning ‘burn in’. Encaustic painting is the process of applying heated wax, pigments, resins, and other materials to a surface. Justin uses this method to bring about a sense of depth, and texture in his paintings, utilizing both painting and sculpting techniques to create his work. The final pieces are a build-up of many layers of wax and other materials, often incorporating gold leaf and inks to arrive at the finished surface.
Justin graduated with a BA in art from Oklahoma State University in 2004. He then worked and studied under renowned bronze sculptor Jim Franklin for several years. In 2008 Justin moved to Alaska, partnering with Arctic Fires Bronze, where he helped produce many public art pieces and taught workshops in both relief and full round portrait sculpture.
In 2016, Justin moved to Colorado Springs and began experimenting with encaustic painting, inspired by the unique scenery and wildlife of the Front Range. Justin also accepts commissions for cast bronze sculpture of any size.