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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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.

Autumnal Glow

Autumnal Glow

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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.

Mystical Tablet 1719

Mystical Tablet 1719

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

Mystical Tablet 1725

Mystical Tablet 1725

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1740

Mystical Tablet 1740

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1749

Mystical Tablet 1749

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1761

Mystical Tablet 1761

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1752

Mystical Tablet 1752

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1762

Mystical Tablet 1762

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1772

Mystical Tablet 1772

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1773

Mystical Tablet 1773

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1774

Mystical Tablet 1774

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1775

Mystical Tablet 1775

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1781

Mystical Tablet 1781

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

Mystical Tablet 1783

Mystical Tablet 1783

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475.

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 1788

Mystical Tablet 1788

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1789

Mystical Tablet 1789

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1790

Mystical Tablet 1790

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1791

Mystical Tablet 1791

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1794

Mystical Tablet 1794

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1795

Mystical Tablet 1795

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1797

Mystical Tablet 1797

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1798

Mystical Tablet 1798

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1799

Mystical Tablet 1799

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1800

Mystical Tablet 1800

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1801

Mystical Tablet 1801

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1802

Mystical Tablet 1802

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1803

Mystical Tablet 1803

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1804

Mystical Tablet 1804

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1805

Mystical Tablet 1805

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1806

Mystical Tablet 1806

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Mystical Tablet 1807

Mystical Tablet 1807

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16x14" acrylic on paper $ 475

Orange Pattern Landscape

Orange Pattern Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Periwinkle Dotted Landscape

Periwinkle Dotted Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Sienna Reds Landscape

Sienna Reds Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Green Gold Landscape

Green Gold Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Rust Landscape

Rust Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Green Glaze Landscape

Green Glaze Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Orange with Landscape

Orange with Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Lavendar Landscape

Lavendar Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Coral Swirl Landscape

Coral Swirl Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Red Swirl Landscape

Red Swirl Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Bronze Landscape

Bronze Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Turquoise Firefly Landscape

Turquoise Firefly Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Gold Green Landscape

Gold Green Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Green Illumination Landscape

Green Illumination Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.

Soft Green Landscape

Soft Green Landscape

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9x8" acrylic on paper $225.
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.