Justin Lees


Justin is one of Venture Arts’ Young People’s Art Club participants and has been working with us since he was 13. He is a talented illustrator with a vivid imagination.

Artist Biography

When he first came to Venture Arts Justin really wanted someone to help him make his “picture movies” and used to get frustrated that he didn’t know how to do this. He made his first animation called “Stack’s in Jail” and has since made many more. He has also expanded his skill set to use in embroidery in some of his drawings, for example “Bee family portrait” and “Mr Garrelson and the Robots”.


Justin has a unique drawing style and his stories and illustrations mainly feature himself as the main character. In addition to drawing he has a keen interest in watching animations, especially Pixar and Aardman animations, which are a huge influence of his work. Despite his young age Justin has already had some success with his artwork, gaining a commission from Children in Need in 2012 to make Terry Wogan’s 70th birthday card and having his artwork shown as a backdrop to rock band ‘Inspiral Carpet’ gigs.


Justin has recently built his own website (with help from Venture Arts) – you can view more of his work at https://www.justinplees.com/. 




The Art of Now, The Lowry, Salford Quays, November 2019 – January 2020


PERSPECTIVES, The Lowry, Salford Quays, November 2018 – February 2019


Art Jam, The Lowry, Salford Quays, October 2017-March 2018


Technocolour, The Lowry, Salford Quays, September 2016 to February 2017


The Art of Nature, They Lowry, Salford Quays, 2015





Local Offer, Animation, Manchester City Council, 2018