About the Artist

Justin Kernes, self portrait.ย 

Justin Kernes is a photographer who hails from the land of sunny omnipresence; Southern California. Early in his life, the family mini-van was regularly loaded up with tents, stoves, ice chests, and sunscreen tubes, and the destination set to "wilderness adventure". National Park books were stamped. Weenies were roasted. Trails were hiked. Fun was had. It was in these weekend escapes where Kernes found his connection for the great outdoors.

In 2010, he ran away to New Mexico for the summer months to work at Philmont Scout Ranch, the world's largest youth camp. Since then, each three-month summer he freely volunteers to forgo electricity, regular showers, and all other civil amenities. He brings an ever growing duffel bag of camera equipment and during his free time, photographs the staff and landscape.

Kernes begrudgingly earned his BA in Art from CSU East Bay, a tiny school not even remotely considered for its art program. When he is not taking cold bucket showers and cooking from a wood burner, he can most likely be found at the local climbing gym or cafe.

2013 Sawmill Legacy Board; crayon on wood, lacquer finish, 50cm x 50cm.


"Tweak'd Out" - Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA - Solo Show, March 2014
"Push'n Deadlines" - Student Juried Exhibition, Hayward, CA - Group Show, May 2012



Best Emerging Artist of 2014 - Brea Art Gallery, March 2014