Justine Hounam from London, UK is a mixed-media visual artist whose series of abstract body landscape paintings represent a physical, psychological, and metaphorical skin. Justine is interested in the connection between us, our homes, and the objects within which contain memories of body and identity. Justine paints onto fabric, stretched and secured over found parts or whole furniture. Once removed, akin to a skin pulled from its body, the fabric reveals the outline of the object entombed within.

 

The contours, cracks and ageing of the furniture are embedded within the paint much like a cast or a print. Often the furniture is displaced, broken or rearranged suggesting conflict/trauma associated violence inside the home. Justine is also interested in the wider use of conflict. Her paintings can be seen as a series of territories viewed from above, flattened and revealed. Justine uses the personal and the domestic environment as a backdrop to question wider notions of society and politics. Hanging on the wall, the paintings are a hybrid of painting and sculpture, a conflict between the two disciplines. Justine’s fascination in form and material stems from her background in architecture and pushes her desire to develop and push the boundaries of techniques of making to produce work.

The materiality of the objects is integral, as they contain memories, subjectivity and personal space, whilst also having the unique ability to display the erosion of time and experience, which get imprinted onto cloth. Hounam sees the material and its idiosyncrasies as symbolic metaphor of skin and scar tissue.

Education

 

Central St Martins MA Fine Art 2019-2021 

 

University of East London, 1st Class BA (Hons)

BA Fine Art, September 2011 - July 2014

 

Mary Ward Centre, London

Foundation in Art and Design, 2010-2011 Distinction

 

University of North London (now Metropolitan University)

BSC Architecture, 1989-1992

 

Awards

 

Anthony Gormley Foundation Foundation Award (£12000) September 2019

 

Art and Design: Practice Research Publication (£2000) May 2014

 

Exhibitions

 

Concrete Blue, Group Exhibition at ASC Unit 3, London, 4-11 September 2020

 

I Promise You, Group Exhibition at Apairy Studio, London 5-8 March 2020

 

The Denney Edition: Celebrating An Icon Of 20th Century Style

Commission June 2019 – 2021 at Rainham Hall, National Trust

 

Geography Of Interiors, Group Exhibition at ASC Unit 3, London, 7-9 June 2019

 

Affirmation, Group Exhibition, Art Number 23, Old Biscuit Factory, London, 15 March

 

Skins, Solo Exhibition at The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, 24 – 26 2018

 

T’art, Bones & Pearl Gallery, Group Exhibition, 7 – 9 March 2017

 

Dark Regards, Ply Gallery, Group Exhibition, 20 – 30 January 2017

 

Summer Salon, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, Group Exhibition, 23 July – 24 August 2016

 

Trumped, Art Auction, CNB Gallery, Tramshed, March 16

 

Drying Depot, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 14 April 2016, Group Exhibition with Alexis Harding, Alaena Turner, Daryl Brown, Sophia Starling

 

Walthamstow Art Trail, 15 Upper Walthamstow Road, 30 May - 14 June 2015

 

Art Auction, CNB Gallery, Tramshed, 32 Rivington Street, London 28 - 30 April

 

Remember, Group Exhibition, St Johns, Bethnal Green, London, April 17 - 19 2015

 

Tondo, Group Exhibition, AVA Building, London 18 - 26 Feb 2015

 

Top Draw, Group Exhibition, Olympia, 14 - 16 September 2015

 

Group Exhibition, Queens Wood, N10, August 2014

 

Group Exhibition, AVA Building, London, 29 - 1 June 2014

 

Time, Art Auction, CNB Gallery, Tramshed, 32 Rivington Street, London March 2014

 

Forms Of Subversion, Group Exhibition, Asylum Chapel, Peckham, London, 7 - 9 March 2014

 

Group Exhibition, AVA Gallery, Docklands 4 - 6 February 2014

 

Light And Weight, Group Exhibition, Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London, 22 - 25 November 2013

 

Group Exhibition, AVA Gallery, UEL, Docklands 29 October 2013

 

Portlanders, Group Exhibition, AVA Gallery, UEL, Docklands Campus 2 - 9 October 2013

 

Innoninate, Group Exhibition, 5th Base Gallery, Brick Lane, London 6 - 7 May 2013

 

2nd Year Show, UEL, Docklands 7 - 12 June 2013

 

Grace of London, Mount Street Gallery, London 11 - 14 June

 

Transformation, Our Space Gallery, June 27 2012 until August 31 2012

 

UEL Olympics Print Exhibition, FSA, Canary Wharf, 21 May 2012