Inspired by the natural world, Dolores Justus’ paintings reflect a sensitive and intuitive view that distills patterns of light and form into compositions that engage and inspire. Her painterly style also contributes to the interactive quality of her art.
In her exploration of the confluence of optics and painterly abstraction, her work belongs to the “new landscape” movement of contemporary American art.
“I’ve always had a strong identification with nature and am continually in awe of the depth of inspiration that it offers. Despite all it’s variety, there are essential elements in it and in us all, that we respond to. It is those universal, underlying truths that I seek to communicate in my own work.” – Dolores Justus
Justus earned a B.F.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1988. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the nation and abroad for more than 20 years. A few highlights include: “Finding Center” (solo exhibit) at the Annesdale Park Gallery in Memphis, TN (2015); “Migration Patterns” (solo exhibit) at the Roger D. Malkin Gallery, Greenville Arts Council, Greenville, MS (2015); “Landscape Love” (solo exhibit) at Justus Fine Art Gallery (2017); “Coming Up for Air” (solo exhibit) at Catherine Kelleghan’s Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2009); “Horizon Lines” (solo exhibit) at the University of Arkansas Mullins Library (2005); ”Interwoven” a joint exhibition with sculptor Robyn Horn, at Greg Thompson Fine Art, North Little Rock, AR (2011-12); “Confluence: An Exhibition of Work by Diana Harvey and Dolores Justus” at the Annesdale Park Gallery, Memphis, TN (2016-2017); “Sea & Sky” at the Degas Gallery, New Orleansa, LA (2016); “Spring Exhibition” at Greg Thompson Fine Art, North Little Rock, AR (2017); “22nd Anniversary Show” at Greg Thompson Fine Art, North Little Rock, AR (2017); ”Best of the South” at Greg Thompson Fine Art, North Little Rock, AR (2014, 2015, 2016); ”Southern Women Artists” at Greg Thompson Fine Art, North Little Rock, AR (2012, 2013, 2014); the “Color of Love–paintings by Four Women Artists” at the Catherine Kelleghan’s Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2008); the “Arkansas Women in the Arts Exhibit” in Washington, D.C. (2000-2001); the “43, 44, & 55 Delta Exhibitions” at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; “Creators/Collectors” at the Baum Gallery (2002); “Perspectives on Painting” at Ouachita Baptist University (2009); and many others.
Collections include: Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; the University of Arkansas, Health and Sciences Center, Fort Smith, AR; the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR; Iberia Bank, Little Rock, AR; the Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, MS; Delta Trust Bank, Little Rock, AR; CASA Women’s Shelter, Pine Bluff, AR; Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, AR; CARTI, Little Rock, AR; Arkansas Arts Council, Little Rock, AR; Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR; along with many additional private and corporate collections.