Justin Augustine

Justin Augustine was born in Dominica, W.I., in 1974 and emigrated to Toronto, Ontario in 1985 at the age of 11. He came to Halifax in 1994 to study at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and after completing his studies (BFA, 1999) remained in the city.

Augustine, Justin

Biography

Justin Augustine was born in Dominica, W.I., in 1974 and emigrated to Toronto, Ontario in 1985 at the age of 11. He came to Halifax in 1994 to study at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and after completing his studies (BFA, 1999) remained in the city.

He is known for his well executed, posed figures with existentialist sensibility.  His work is sometimes compared to Coleville for his precise aesthetic compositions and use of abstracted, ‘unexplained’ figures.

Artist Statement

My paintings depict images of young black persons transfixed in an otherworldly space. The figures occupy the foreground against what, at first glance, appears to be ambiguous background. However, they are not realistic portraits of actual individuals, rather, they are composites, placed in scenes which frame and dominate my childhood memories of my homeland, the Caribbean island of Dominica. More recently, I was introduced to the local Black communities in Halifax by fellow artist David Woods and also began to interpret that experience in my work (Africville, North and East Preston).

The stoic and intentional gestures of the figures entice viewers to form their own conclusions as to the significance of the paintings. There is an added invitation for the viewer to take the place of the figures and undergo their own experiences.

Gallery

Exhibitions

justin augustine painting of school girl on bike bicycle

Solo Exhibitions

2003 Selected Paintings  Argyle Fine Arts Gallery, Halifax NS
2001 Within Boundaries  Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax NS
1999 Impressions of an Interior  Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, Halifax NS
1997 Justin Augustine: New Works  Khyber Art Centre, Halifax NS
1997 Without Absence  Multicultural Arts Resource Centre, Halifax NS

Group Exhibitions

2017 Kaiso  Halifax Commons, Caribbean Cultural Festival, Halifax NS
2017 New Notes In The Pattern- Recent African Nova Scotian Art  Chase Gallery, Halifax NS
2007 The Soul Speaks  Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Hfx.
2006 Visions in African Nova Scotian Art  Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax NS
2003 A la Rencontre des Artistes de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, Canada Conseil General du Puy-de-Dome, Hotel du Departement, Clermont-Ferrand, France
2000 The Legend From Music to Visual (Tribute to Bob Marley Exhibit)
2000 Home: The Art of Preston Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax NS
2000

Showings: Multicultural Art Gallery, Halifax NS; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Montreal

Harrison Hot Springs, BC; New York; Kingston Jamaica.

2000 Cultural Memory, Far & Wide 2000  University College of Cape Breton Art Gallery, Sydney NS

Contact

Halifax, NS since 1995

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