Justin is visual artist based in the coastal town of Newcastle, Australia. Justin has been drawing for as long as he can remember, After earning his tertiary qualifications in Graphic Design and Photography (2009) Justin set out on new endeavours finally coming full circle and returning to his roots and rekindling his love of painting, photography and design into a full-fledged professional career as an abstract, expressionist painter.

Justin’s work is big, bright, vivid and reminiscent of abstract expressionism and gestural abstraction periods from New York in the 70’s. The artworks seem to take on a life of their own and are very much inspired by his surroundings, wether that be, sight or sound. Justin also draws on a lot of feelings and memories through his work, using abstraction and broad strokes of colour, along with the quickness and free flowing nature of finer strokes that are almost signature like in appearance. A controlled mess, if you will.

Justin had a number of solo and joint exhibitions at independent galleries in Newcastle throughout the late 2000’s and after a small hiatus from painting contributed to group shows as well as donating significant works towards charitable causes such HMRI and the Mark Hughes Foundation. In 2019, Justin was asked by the Hunter Medical Research Institute to be the 2019 resident artist, creating an original work to be auctioned off, raising over $7000. In 2020, Justin was commissioned once again by HMRI to create an original piece of work to be auctioned off at the Frangipani Ball in 2021.

Justin’s work exists in private collections throughout Australia.

Photo taken by Luke O’Donnell

SHOWS
2020 – Solo Show – Mondo Australiana, 35mm Photography Exhibit, TBA
2020 – The Other Art Fair – At The End You’ll Find The Shadow And Light, Barangaroo Cuttaway, Sydney, September 10 – 13
2020 – Solo Show – As We All Play Parts Of Tomorrow, Blackstone Gallery, Newcastle, June 13 – July 11
2019 – Group Show – End Of Year Exhibit, C Studio Gallery, Newcastle, December
2019 – Group Show – Emerging Artists, Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle, June
2019 – Joint Exhibition – Divergent Interpretations, C Studio Gallery, Newcastle, April
2018 – Group Show – Abstracted, Gallery 139, Newcastle, July
2017 – Group Show – Directors Choice Show, Gallery 139, Newcastle, December
2016 – Group Show – Emerging Artists, Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle, November
2016 – Group Show – Abstracted +, Gallery 139, Newcastle, July – August
2016 – Group Show – Emerging Artists, Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle, September
2015 – Group Show – Double Wrap, Gallery 139, Newcastle, December
2008 – Joint Exhibition – Choose Yer Poison, Sushi & Cigarettes Art Space, Newcastle, June
2007 – Solo Show – Lovemetal, Sushi & Cigarettes Art Space, Newcastle, April
2006 – Solo Show – Haggard, Volume Art Space, Newcastle, September
2005 – Solo Show – Bang Bang, Volume Art Space, Newcastle, August

Residencies
2019 – HMRI artist in resident

Memberships & Affiliations
Newcastle Art Space
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Member

Press Links

HunterHunter, March 6, 2019
NBN, June 17, 2019
Newcastle Herald, April 3, 2020
Newcastle Live, June 13, 2020
Newcastle Herald, July 3, 2020