Justin Williams Australian, b. 1984

Justin Williams is a painter and ceramicist based in Victoria, Australia. From his remote studio hut in Victoria’s picturesque Dandenong Ranges, Williams reflects on and reacts to to the quirkiness of his relatively isolated surroundings and the characters he comes across in an often eccentric and sometimes bizarre local populace.

 

Williams’s paintings reveal landscapes and figures that exist in a space between public and hidden worlds. These characters, and their narrative, are situated in relation to Williams’ own personal history and the mystery of moveable family memory. Williams’ dual cultural identity, Australian born with Egyptian heritage, is reflected in the paradoxes that exist in his works between light and dark, beauty and hostility, legends and truth; these works are both finished, yet unfinished, as are the people and stories that inform them.

 

Williams was born in 1985 and received a Bachelor of Communication and Design, majoring in printmaking and illustration from Swinburne University in 2004. Williams’ has held numerous national and international solo exhibitions and group exhibitions. He has been featured in Artist Profile, Australian Creative, New York Arts Magazine as well as Australian Art Collector, where he was featured as an artist to watch on the international stage.