Artist J.T. Kirkland strives to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perception of surface and space. To do this, Kirkland's technique involves simple, precise gestures on wood and fractured forms. Kirkland creates his paintings with four distinct layers, allowing the perceived depth of the forms to shift over prolonged viewing. In addition, the fractured space within the painting presents the possible appearance of the whole painting. While being unique in a mechanical and technical sense, Kirkland's works also offer interesting concepts, such as the exploration of the use of 'the frame' in art and the intent behind the forms presented.
J.T. Kirkland received his BS from Centre College and has since had solo exhibitions in cities including New York, NY, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country. In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In January 2010, Kirkland was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. He received the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum in 2009, and in 2007, his work, Synapse, was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.