JD Wellborn

J.D. Wellborn’s newest series titled Mystical Tablets explores a connection between ancient motifs and contemporary techniques. Mandalas, petroglyphs, ancient coins and artifacts in archeological sites found on her trips to Guatemala and Peru inspired these unique creations. The paintings are achieved through a woven technique of layering delicate papers, with canvas, fiberglass material. The culmination of this layering becomes a very beautiful & sturdy surface reminiscent of tin tiles or leather.

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Rosebud Tablet

Rosebud Tablet

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32×28″ acrylic, mixed media on paper $1,800.

Purple Prose Tablet

Purple Prose Tablet

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32×28″ acrylic, mixed media on paper $1,800.

Pura Vida

Pura Vida

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32×28″ acrylic, mixed media on paper $1,800.

Autumn Dream Tablet

Autumn Dream Tablet

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32×28″ acrylic, mixed media on paper $1,800.

Versailles Tablet

Versailles Tablet

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32×28″ acrylic, mixed media on paper $1,800.

Mystical Tablet 1698

Mystical Tablet 1698

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16x14″, acrylic, mixed media on paper, $475.

Mystical Tablet 1699

Mystical Tablet 1699

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16x14″, acrylic, mixed media on paper, $475.

Mystical Tablet 1719

Mystical Tablet 1719

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16x14″, acrylic, mixed media on paper, $475.

Mystical Tablet 1721

Mystical Tablet 1721

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16x14″, acrylic, mixed media on paper, $475.

Mystical Tablet 1725

Mystical Tablet 1725

16x14″, acrylic, mixed media on paper, $475.

Mystical Tablet 1737

Mystical Tablet 1737

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Mystical Tablet 1740

Mystical Tablet 1740

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Mystical Tablet 1742

Mystical Tablet 1742

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Mystical Tablet 1749

Mystical Tablet 1749

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Mystical Tablet 1751

Mystical Tablet 1751

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475. Inquire

Mystical Tablet 1752

Mystical Tablet 1752

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Mystical Tablet 1753

Mystical Tablet 1753

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Mystical Tablet 1754

Mystical Tablet 1754

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Mystical Tablet 1760

Mystical Tablet 1760

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Mystical Tablet 1761

Mystical Tablet 1761

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475. Inquire

Mystical Tablet 1762

Mystical Tablet 1762

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475. Inquire

Mystical Tablet 1768

Mystical Tablet 1768

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Mystical Tablet 1772

Mystical Tablet 1772

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Mystical Tablet 1773

Mystical Tablet 1773

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Mystical Tablet 1774

Mystical Tablet 1774

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Mystical Tablet 1775

Mystical Tablet 1775

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Mystical Tablet 1776

Mystical Tablet 1776

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Mystical Tablet 1777

Mystical Tablet 1777

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Mystical Tablet 1778

Mystical Tablet 1778

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475. Inquire

Mystical Tablet 1779

Mystical Tablet 1779

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475. Inquire

Mystical Tablet 1780

Mystical Tablet 1780

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Oceanic Tablet

Oceanic Tablet

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32×28″ acrylic, mixed media on paper $1,800.

Mystical Tablet 1781

Mystical Tablet 1781

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

1783

1783

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Mystical Tablet 1782

Mystical Tablet 1782

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475. Inquire

Mystical Tablet 1784

Mystical Tablet 1784

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1785

Mystical Tablet 1785

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1786

Mystical Tablet 1786

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1787

Mystical Tablet 1787

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.
JD Wellborn

J.D. WELLBORN

EDUCATION:
BFA University of New Mexico

Artist Statement:

My work is aimed at creating diverse patterns by varying my treatments of a common format of materials and shapes. I start by constructing a paper and cloth grid, with the paper torn into small pieces. That gives the flat border surfaces an undulating shape that viewers often sense as metallic or stone-like. These ever-different surfaces open up a wide spectrum of possibilities for free and energetic painting.

Each painting has a center that allows me to pursue my basic urge to work from the outer boundaries toward the core. The grid-and-center format provides balance as I begin by painting chaos and then impose order on what seems to be formless turbulence.

That initial phase gives me the base for playing with colors, that is, by layering many hues of thick paint and sanding the impasto/ built-up areas back from time to time, producing unanticipated combinations of texture and colors that render depth. During that process, I start building glazes of very thin coats of paint, with goal of reaching harmonies of color, tint, and hue across the spectrum.

Striving to make the paints thick and plaster-like, I mix acrylic paint, gels and medium with plaster materials and pigments obtained on trips to Guatemala and Peru and the resulting raised surfaces on the pieces are almost always made of paper and thick paint which I manipulate in different ways.

As I work on multiple pieces at the same time, I often find a color or texture that works on one piece can be applied to another. Rather than planning ahead, I react to the new and evolving surface. Working back and forth keeps the work fluid and prevents the flow of work from being held up by a purely linear sequence of effort. Another advantage of working on many pieces simultaneously is that finished paintings look good in groupings.