JJ Faircloth was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1980. He spent his childhood exploring the forests, rivers, and mountains of the eastern states and his adolescence in the sea. Attending the University of North Florida, he earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Comparative Religion. After graduation, the artist spent time living on the Amalfi Coast, further studying painting and traveling extensively. Upon returning to the States, he studied at The Savannah College of Art and Design, earning an MFA in Painting. Faircloth seeks to create work that explores the complexities of the human condition in its humor, beauty, and tragedy. Often working with irrational figures, bizarre relationships manifest, making possible the building of provocative narratives simultaneously foreign and familiar. Much of the work is rooted in the mythological, allowing the viewer to spend a moment of time outside of the every day and perhaps conjure spirits of ages past. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally in New York, Atlanta, San Diego, Sorrento, and Provence and is a contributor to several collections, both public and private. His work has been reviewed in publications such as the New York Times Key Magazine and Studio Visit. Faircloth has been adjunct faculty in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of North Florida since 2013.