About the artist

Born in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia, but of Egyptian descent, Williams has been painting (or documenting) a strange, fictitious community living off the coast of Victoria.


From his idyllic and remote studio hut in Victoria’s picturesque Dandenong Ranges Justin Williams reflects on and reacts to to the quirkiness of his relatively isolated surroundings finding intrigue and narrative in local folklore and the characters he comes across in an often eccentric and sometimes bizarre local populace. For him, these unique tales and characters prove to be more curious than fiction. From tales of a lone black panther that wanders the bush, to visits with gurus and other eccentrics with stories to tell come fantastical paintings that celebrate diversity and localism at once yet seem to reference some past time of myth and legend. Recently he has been thinking about these characters and their narrative in relation to his own personal history realising he is attracted to outsiders and the unknown partly because his own stories are complex and shrouded in the haze and mystery of moveable family memory.


“My grandparents are migrants from Egypt and moved to Australia during the war. Growing up in Australia I was never really aware of their full story and it was something that wasn’t discussed as if embarrassed by our heritage. Thus I have never fully felt I have a part of any certain group or social situation in my home town Melbourne. In these paintings I’m trying to depict both the transitions of my grandparents migration from Egypt to Australia, and also my own outsider feelings towards both the notations of place and time as well as hidden normality’s within groups and individuals. I wanted to ask myself why I am so fascinated with the characters and myths of my previous work and the lives they have decided to live outside of the norms of society and to do that I needed to look at myself and my history however blurry in relation to them.”

selected works

If the water was a shell and the land was the back of my hand , then we could all move forward
2021
We came so they left
2021
Silent Music
2021
Wolfhound Interior
2020
The trap I set for you, has caught my leg instead
2020
Oswald on white horse
2020
Follow
2020
Camels, silks and suit jackets
2020
Shadow
2020

past exhibitions

video

Justin Williams

ABC Art Bites | Mirror Episode 4

If the water was a shell and the land was the back of my hand , then we could all move forward

2021Oil and pigment on canvas135 x 123 cm / 53 1/8 x 48 3/8 in

We came so they left

2021Oil and pigment on canvas165 x 144 cm / 65 x 56 3/4 in

Silent Music

2021Mixed media on canvas142.5 x 123.5 cm / 56 1/8 x 48 5/8 in

Wolfhound Interior

2020Oil on canvas 142.5  x 123.5 cm / 56 1/8 x 48 5/8 in

The trap I set for you, has caught my leg instead

2020Oil and pigments on raw canvas 149.9 x 157.5 cm 59 x 62 inches149.9 x 157.5  cm / 59 x 62 in

Oswald on white horse

2020Oil on canvas142.5 x 123.5  cm / 56 1/8 x 48 5/8 in

Follow

2020Oil and pigments on raw canvas 170 x 230 cm / 66 7/8 x 90 1/2 in

Camels, silks and suit jackets

2020Oli on canvas 140 x 160 cm / 55 1/8 x 63 in

Shadow

2020Oil and pigment on raw canvas140 x 130 cm / 55 1/8 x 51 1/8 in