Justina Willis

DOB: 29/11/1981
Language/s: Yindjibarndi
Country: Millstream Tablelands

Justina Willis is a Yindjibarndi artist who was born in Leigh Creek, South Australia and is now based in Roebourne. Her mother’s country is the Millstream Tablelandss and her father is from Adelaide. Justina is the sister of fellow Yinjaa-Barni artist Melissa Sandy and began painting in 2006. She paints the Country in a unique, meticulously planned style to achieve the effect and composition she desires, using fine brush strokes and dot work over an abstract underlayer of rich colours that are inspired by the Pilbara. While the bush and the colours of the Country provide the inspiration for Justina’s paintings, she also experiments with optical colour mixing to create a third dimension within her work. Justina has exhibited her artworks in the Pilbara and Perth. She has also won several awards, including Cossack Art Awards for Best Art Work Pilbara Artist (2013), Emerging Indigenous Artist Prize (2008 and 2010) and the Flora and Fauna Prize (2019).