Meet featured artist, Justine Beech!
Beech's artwork will be on display at the following Kerbey Lane locations:
- Now through July 4 at Southwest (4301 W. William Cannon Dr.)
- July 5-September 4 at Westlake (701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy)
- September 5-November 5 at South (3003 S. Lamar Blvd.)
An East Coast native, Beech grew up in Long Island, NY, and Glastonbury, CT. She attended art school at the well-known Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she obtained her BFA in Illustration and Communications Design. After graduating in 2003, Beech found work as a mural artist before she began a career in merchandising, working for retailers Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, and later, Patagonia.
Beech moved to Austin with her husband in 2007. She was drawn to the pop-culture-rich city because of iconic films like Slacker and Dazed and Confused. Her print titled "Top Notch", currently on display at Kerbey Lane, perfectly encapsulates the essence of Dazed and Confused, which was filmed in Austin and stars native Texan, Matthew McConaughey. When it comes to depicting film in her work, Beech's focus is on the challenge of taking a whole movie and capturing the gist of it in one image.
Upon moving to Austin, Beech initially decided against working in merchandising. Instead, she began teaching art classes to children at SAFE, a nonprofit organization that provides support for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and exploitation. In addition to volunteering, Beech picked up part-time work at a hair salon and continued nurturing her craft as an artist at Pump Project Art Studio.