Justin's reflections after his residency:
"During the one-month residency in Tokyo, Japan, with Youkobo Art Space, my aim was to reside in a different art environment and to extend my art practice with different cultures and lifestyles. This residency also helped me to connect with overseas art practitioners and the local neighbourhood community.
My works talk about how nature is being influenced and structured by Man. The result is a series of works that use materials and images on prints and plywood to depict the theme of man-made nature.
I hope that my work will create awareness for people to re-examine our environment and the beauty of natural greenery.
At the end of the residency, we got to showcase our new art making and ideas and presented them to the local art community within the studio space and in the main gallery hall. I presented a work of performance art for the opening show and followed with an informal artist talk in the gallery.
In conclusion, my art residency in Youkobo provided a good platform for me as a Singaporean artist to learn and develop my art practice though art and cultural exchange. I also got to experience different art practices in other environments like a school, private museum, non-profit gallery, and artist studio."
2005–2006 BFA in Painting, University of Huddersfield, UK, with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
2000–2002 Internships with Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, and Tyler Graphic Limited, Mount Kisco, New York
1996–1999 Diploma in Fine Arts in Painting, RMIT University Australia, with Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts
Awards, Nominations & Grants
2007 Mont Blanc Young Artist World Patronage Project 2007, Hamburg, German
2006 Nominee for President’s Design Award: Singapore Design of the Year
2006 NAFA 68th Founder’s Day Commendation Award 2006, Singapore
2005 Singapore Motorola Style Awards 2005, Visual Arts Award, Winner
2005 Philip Morris Singapore Art Awards, Highly Recommended Award
2005 NAFA Scholarship (BA Degree Studies), Singapore
2003 UOB Painting of the year, Highly Recommended Award, Singapore
1998 Urban Art Competition, Letter of Commendation (Parco), Singapore
1998 – 1999 Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship (Diploma Studies) Singapore
Aug 2013 Made in Singapore, NAFA 75th Anniversary show, Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore
July 2013 2 artists residency art show Robotic Love, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
July 2013 CausewayEXchange 2013 group show, Penang, Malaysia
Nov 2012 Ten Years of Art and Craft, 8th Solo Exhibition, Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore
Oct 2012 Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Diverse City, Singapore Art Museum-8Q, Singapore
July 2012 7th Solo Exhibition photography and installations, Esplanade Tunnel, Singapore
May 2012 “The Art of Imagination”, Art Garden, Children’s Season 2012, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore