LOGAN, W.Va. — Logan County native and artist Justin Tomblin recently exhibited his work at the Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park.
The exhibition of numerous paintings and drawings went on display Friday March 4 and will continue to be on display for the next six months.
In all, 11 drawings and seven paintings ranging from portraits, landscapes and more abstract offerings are on display at the museum.
During an interview with the Logan Banner, Tomblin described his art saying, “It’s all very eclectic. I do a lot of pop art. I do canvas work. I draw with charcoal and pen. I do a lot of pastel work, but I like to paint the most though. A lot of it is movie stars and people that inspire me. I have a few different television characters and stuff like that I do.”
Tomblin noted he draws much of his inspiration from his family and added he was most excited for people to see a portrait of his nephew, Benjamin.
However, Tomblin commented he enjoys diving into the darker side of the art world saying, “I like good things that make people happy, but I also have dark, twisted things that give me a little bit of enjoyment.”
A portrait of Lady Gaga’s character in “American Horror Story Hotel,” Countess, is also a piece Tomblin hopes people will come to enjoy.
“I’m very happy for this opportunity, and I thank all the people that have encouraged me throughout my lifetime to pursue my artistic ability…,” added Tomblin.
Elizabeth Manuel came to the Museum in the Park to see the exhibit and commented, “It’s amazing how he has captured the essence of people in their eyes.”
Debbie Durham, director of the Museum in the Park noted she was happy to be able to display Tombin’s art and asked that any artists interested in displaying their work to contact the museum.
Museum in the Park is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]