(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
Julian V. L. Gaines (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) Fascination, 2022 oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches
Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Fascination, 2022
Julian V. L. Gaines (Painfully Positive) 2.28.22 (Painfully Positive) 3.7.22, 2021
(Painfully Positive) Fear, 2022 oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches
Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Fear, 2022
(Painfully Positive) Desire, 2022 oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches
Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Desire, 2022
Julian V. L. Gaines  Untitled (Under the Black Flag), 2022
(Painfully Positive) Envy, 2022 oil, acrylic, cotton flag on canvas 60 x 48 inches
Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Envy, 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  (Painfully Positive) The Replacement Theories, 2022
Julian V. L. Gaines  Untitled (The Newer Jim Crow), 2019-2022
Julian V. L. Gaines  Untitled (Fine Dining), 2022
Julian V. L. Gaines  (Painfully Positive) Mom Said No, 2022
(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

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.