Language: Kala Lagaw Ya, central & Western Torres Strait
Born: Mackay, 1984


Justin is descended from Torres Strait Islander (Boigu, Badu and Horn Islands), Aboriginal and European heritage. He grew up on Horn Island and in Cairns and graduated with a Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Art from Tropical north Qld TAFE in 2009. He has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and is regarded as an upcoming Islander artist to watch. Justin’s works are rich in symbolism and local legend; his prints depict an extraordinary variety of sea creatures and maritime heroes.

Crocodiles, dugongs, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, skates, crabs, octopi and many species of fish are depicted swimming in ornate fields of decorative patterns that are specific to various families and regions. These creations stories are the heart and soul of Torres Strait Islander culture

2009 Certificate III, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Art, Tropical North Queensland TAFE, Cairns

2008 Indigenous TAFE Student Art Award

2021 Biennial Print Exhibition, InkMasters Cairns, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
2020 Shiver, Onespace Gallery, Brisbane
2017 Works on Paper Exhibition, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns
25th Mabo High Court Win Celebration, Gallery Gilimbaa, Brisbane
Partners in Print, with Sydney Printmakers, Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney
Partners in Print, with Sydney Printmakers, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns
2011 Story Boat, emerging Zenadh Kes printmakers, Cairns Regional Gallery
Inaugural members exhibition, Inkmasters Cairn, c.1907 Contemporary Art Space, Cairns
Emerging Contemporary Artists, Invitational group exhibition Cairns Regional Gallery
2010 Zenadh Kes Prints, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle, USA group exhibition
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
Darwin Art Fair, with UMI Arts, Darwin, NT
Pillow Talk, group exhibition Port Douglas, Qld
2009 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
Darwin Art Fair, with UMI Arts, Darwin, NT
Graduating Student Exhibition, Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, TNQ TAFE, Cairns

Cairns Regional Council
Cairns Art Gallery
+ many private collections

2010 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
2009 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (via Reach Program)
2008 Weipa State High School
Thursday Island State High School
St Paul’s State School

NADOC Day Workshops (Printmaking & Ceramics)
2009 Woree State High School, Cairns
Trinity Bay State High School, Cairns

2021 Artist-in-Residence, Inkmasters Cairns Inc, Cairns, Qld