Project Description

Justina Willis

Age: 29/11/1981
Skin: Balyirre
Language: Millstream / Tableland
Tribe: Yindjibarndi

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Justina says, “I started doing art late in 2006 after visiting my family at the Yinjaa-Barni Arts centre and watching them painting, I started to do some sketching and the teacher saw what I was doing and gave me some paint and canvas to paint what I had sketched. I started doing a TAFE short course in painting and design. I love painting it gives me great pleasure to see the finished work.”

Justina has a style unlike any of her fellow artist friends and family. She meticulously plans her work to achieve the effect and composition she desires, painting fine stroke and dot work over an abstract underbase of the rich colours that are prevalent in the Pilbara . She cares for detail and precision and her art has a quality that is extremely appealing .

Justina experiments with colour concepts and sometimes uses optical colour mixing to create a third dimension to her work She can work for hours,days, often weeks, on one piece.

Justina and her family like to go out bush every weekend to spend time at places like Green Pool or Millstream. The bush and the colours of the country provide the inspiration for Justina’s paintings.

Group Exhibitions

2006 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto, Exhibition, Perth, WA
2007 LNG World Conference, Barcelona, Spain
2007 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto, Exhibition, Perth, WA
2008 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto, Exhibition, Perth, WA
2009 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto, Exhibition, Perth, WA

Awards

2008 Painting: Emerging Indigenous Artist: Cossack Art Awards
2010 Painting: Emerging Indigenous Artist: Cossack Art Awards

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