Justin Richel’s work deals with the art and artifice inherent in the medium of painting through the combined practice of sculpture and painting. Richel received a BFA from Maine College of Art and later studied the technique of icon painting at the Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk, Maine. He has been awarded a residency at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Massachusetts; the Monhegan Artists’ Residency, in Maine; and an Arts/Industry residency at Kohler Co., in Wisconsin. His work is held in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, in Maine; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, in Wisconsin; and Fidelity Investments, in Massachusetts. It has been exhibited widely at museums and art centers, including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Connecticut; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum, both in Massachusetts; and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, all in Maine. Richel lives and works in New Mexico.