What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Beyond the Canvas


Justin Gaffrey

Until I came across the fascinating work by sculptural painter Justin Gaffrey, I had no idea what impasto was. Impasto is a painting technique where paint is laid on the canvas (or other flat surface) in very thick layers, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Gaffrey works with a signature line of extra heavy acrylic paint, and his painted pieces are typically between 1and 6 inches thick. I want to touch them all!

Gaffrey was originally a chef and restauranteur, but in 2001, he happily gave up the hectic life and long hours of restaurants in favor of the artist’s life. A self-taught painter, Gaffrey played with a few different painting techniques until he found his voice with impasto painting, which he thinks of as “creations that live beyond the canvas.” The northwest Florida native is also a skilled metalwork and furniture artist, and he showcases all of his artworks in his Santa Rosa Beach gallery.

You can see all of Justin Gaffrey’s gorgeous work on his art website and on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. And if you’d like to try your hand at impasto techniques, Gaffrey also has a signature line of paints and supplies for sale on the Justin Gaffrey Mart Material website.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “Beyond the Canvas

  1. NO!!! You need to see these hanging on a wall or display stand. This is the first time I have read about this type of painting. a photograph just doesn’t do them justice. These must be seen in real life and close enough to see what this artist wants us to see. WOW creative and beautiful. I can get the feel of what this artist wanted us to see but I can’t see the depth. I love all of them!!!! Somebody wants to send me one, I would be happy to have it on display in my house. — Hal

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  2. Amazingly creative chap

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  3. .I love the dimensional look. I had never heard of this technique and now I will look for them. Thank you.

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  4. Super cool and I understand what Hal is saying about viewing them in person. And #don’teatpaint, I love that!

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  5. Donna–Justin is up in the Panhandle–by me! A couple hours away but still….when you visit is gallery, you have to come visit me! He has been known around these parts for a long time. His work, in person, is quite amazing….and very heavy!

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  6. Ughh..instagram??? they are beautiful and very different.

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  7. Wow, this is really beautiful! I really love to make 2.5D 🙂 art too! Only I base mine on science.

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