(Painfully Positive) No Knock, 2021 oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, graphite, enamel, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) No Knock

2021

oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, graphite, enamel, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) No Knock, 2021

(Painfully Positive) No Knock

2021

oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, graphite, enamel, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Emmett's Last Ride

2022

American flag (2), tailgate, enamel, plastic, steel

67 x 21 x 60 inches

Emmett's Last Ride

2022

American flag (2), tailgate, enamel, plastic, steel

67 x 21 x 60 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines (Painfully Positive) All Babies Go to Heaven, 2022 oil, house paint, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) All Babies Go to Heaven

2022

oil, house paint, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) All Babies Go to Heaven, 2022

(Painfully Positive) All Babies Go to Heaven

2022

oil, house paint, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) Fascination, 2022 oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) Fascination

2022

oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Fascination, 2022

(Painfully Positive) Fascination

2022

oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines (Painfully Positive) 2.28.22 (Painfully Positive) 3.7.22, 2021

(Painfully Positive) 2.28.22
(Painfully Positive) 3.7.22

2021

acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 96 inches

(Painfully Positive) Fear, 2022 oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) Fear

2022

oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Fear, 2022

(Painfully Positive) Fear

2022

oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) Desire, 2022 oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) Desire

2022

oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Desire, 2022

(Painfully Positive) Desire

2022

oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  Untitled (Under the Black Flag), 2022

Untitled (Under the Black Flag)

2022

oil, house paint, tattoo transfer, ink, oil stick, flags

60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) Envy, 2022 oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) Envy

2022

oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Envy, 2022

(Painfully Positive) Envy

2022

oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) The Replacement Theories, 2022 oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, graphite, enamel, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) The Replacement Theories

2022

oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, graphite, enamel, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) The Replacement Theories, 2022

(Painfully Positive) The Replacement Theories

2022

oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, graphite, enamel, cotton flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  Untitled (The Newer Jim Crow), 2019-2022

Untitled (The Newer Jim Crow)

2019-2022

tin cans, paintbrushes, mixed media

dimensions variable

Julian V. L. Gaines  Untitled (Fine Dining), 2022

Untitled (Fine Dining)

2022

oil, house paint, acrylic on canvas

18.5 x 40 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Mom Said No, 2022

(Painfully Positive) Mom Said No

2022

oil, house paint, sharpie, plastic, shell casing on canvas

20 x 20 inches

(Painfully Positive) Neighborhood Watch, 2022 oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, nylon flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches

(Painfully Positive) Neighborhood Watch

2022

oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, nylon flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Neighborhood Watch, 2022

(Painfully Positive) Neighborhood Watch

2022

oil, oil stick, acrylic, house paint, nylon flag on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Press Release

Russo Lee Gallery presents Under the Flag by Julian V.L. Gaines. This exhibition is a kinetic body of work on canvas that forces the viewer to physically lift the American flag to reveal the stories painted underneath.

Originally from Chicago, Julian V.L. Gaines now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA in Painting from Northern Michigan University in 2015. Gaines collaborated with Nike to create the collection Game Worn. As part of the sneaker release, he led a weeklong workshop that included art classes at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center. Gaines has received editorials from Northern Magazine, Hypebeast, and The New York Times. In December 2020, his artwork was featured on the cover of New York Magazine. His work has been exhibited at Art Basel and featured in an exhibition with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York.