Since graduating from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada in 2014, Justin has relocated his practice to Berlin, Germany in 2015, and again to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2018. He has since participated in residencies in Spain (Mas els Igols, Barcelona, 2020) and France (Chateau Orquevaux, Chaumont, 2020), and plans to attend ARV.I Veliko in Bulgaria in 2021. Last year he was awarded The Denis Diderot [A-i-R] Grant.
Justin’s work exposes the balance between highbrow and lowbrow aesthetic standards. Utilizing specific analog and digital equipment, his work can borrow from the industry standards aesthetics such as colour, content, and technique, therein functioning to mediate ideas concerning corporate identity and ancient symbolism. He is then able to see the physical practice of traditional painting through a teach- supported lens.
Utilizing the semiotics of digital tools such as "Selection Tool: Drag", " Rulers and Page Guide", and "Fitting: Fit Contest Proportionally" Justin is able to see the physical practice of traditional painting through digital technology. These visual traces left behind on the paintings can be seen as moments of progress and time stamps — a sort of digital ephemerality which have been embedded in the layers of paint.