gjuart.com

Welcome to my site. My name is Gary Joe Uribe, but I am also called bunky. I am also called a lot of other names, some not so endearing.  I am an artist from the Lone Star State.  Being a Texan is a complicated aspect of my Self, I seek to understand more clearly.  It's a source of pride for me, to be labeled Texan, but is one complicated label. Texas is rich with historic, pervasive, and an idealized way of life.  The fanciful folklore status associated with Texans doesn't tell the whole story. Texas is saddled with history not so friendly and doesn't live up to our motto. I love growing up in rural Parker County, because  it's where my education and love of wonderment began. 

I use symbols from different parts of life like clothing, consumer products, detritus to create. Drawing is the first way. Drawing is every day. I learn so much from each iteration, variation of a theme, etc. I have a need to draw, to understand. The study of the stuff of which I am made include hats, shoes, self examinations, medical too. Nothing is off limits as long as it. is true. I realized like my parts of my art, parts of me are not well liked. I work in a range from representation to abstraction. The style is dependent on what I am focused on. I may be looking at the individual characteristics of a personal experience in time, or may distill the metaphorical down to it's basest makeup. 

A few of my explorations include identity, conformity, individuality, masculinity, human nurture, and Mother Nature. My work allows me to express my observations on gender, familial models, and personal experiences. 

My studio practice is a mercurial process, akin to a squirrel crossing a road or more likely in Texas, an armadillo dead on the side of the road. hahaha

 However, the process consists of systematic and predictable steps to keep me focused. I love rendering a convincing trope l'oeil drawing as well as a thoughtfully constructed conceptual piece.  I look to mundane, ordinary, everyday experiences to inspire.  It's the extra that transforms the ordinary. 

Making art is my compulsion. I hope viewing my site becomes yours.

Thank y'all for visiting. 

Peace,

GJU