Lights Out

‘Ultra Revolution’ taking place
during First Friday in Vevay, Ind.

Artist McNamee enjoys
creating glow in the dark artwork

Staff Report

VEVAY, Ind. (August 2010) – For First Friday on Aug. 6 at the “Of Switzerland County” store, something new and invigorating will take place for their Featured Artist Gallery. Local area artist Justin McNamee will be presenting his “Ultra Revolution,” a new and exciting style of painting featuring glow in the dark art like you have never seen before.

Justin McNamee art

Photo provided

“Textured Rainbow” is an example
of the neon, glow in the dark
artwork by artist Justin McNamee.

McNamee started painting in 2003 but discovered glow in the dark paint in 2005. No other medium captivated him like this one, and like he says, “Who doesn’t like things that glow in the dark?”
McNamee has progressed in his work by having faith in himself to explore new ideas and teach himself his own unique style, while disregarding people’s standards of what they consider to be “traditional” art. McNamee found that he was never the best at fitting into a group or being what other people considered “normal,” and he has used that to find his redemption on the canvas leading to some truly unique and wonderful art that you just cannot find anywhere else. 
When McNamee first started to work with phosphorescent paint, they made five colors that came premixed to glow, neon orange, yellow, green, pink and natural white glow medium. Within the last three years, mcNamee has started mixing glow medium in with neon red, blue, purple and the premixed four neon colors, and within the last year has created two colors of his own “Ultra-Teal,” and “Manic Depression Blue” (deep dark blue), giving him a total of nine colors to choose from not including natural white medium. He finishes off every painting with two gloss coats. It preserves the paintings and to him makes it feel like they can live forever.
McNamee stopped using neon colors for a while and tried something new just by using the natural glow white with his stain glass style; the series is called “the Hollow Sinners” and enjoyed it. He then returned to neon and natural glow white to make something completely new.

Justin McNamee

Justin McNamee

“It’s probably my biggest progression, since I have now started using half the amount of paint and have been getting twice the effect that I used to.”
McNamee has been known to not only use canvas but wood as well for his art, with a few pieces he has even created three dimensional art giving it another feel altogether from his paintings. 
“I love what I do. I consider myself Ultra-Happy.” 
McNamee is among few artists who have chosen to explore phosphorescent art, and is completely self-taught. His goal is to help it become a more recognized and appreciated medium in the art community. 
McNamee will be presenting his work in a special Featured Artist Gallery at the “Of Switzerland County” store located at 217 Ferry St. It will be open for viewing starting Aug. 6 with an artist reception, no reservations required, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where he will be on hand to meet with the public and answer any questions.
“The Ultra Revolution” gallery will run through the month of August and as always, is free to the public and all are encouraged to visit. 

• For information, call “Of Switzerland County” at (812) 427-2445.

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