Justin Lees (b.1996)


Justin Lees is a talented artist working in illustration, print, sound and installation.

Artist Biography

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 in his work. Justin had success with his artwork from a young age, 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.


More recently Justin was commissioned by Manchester City Council during the 2020 lockdown to create a comic strip about his pandemic experience to share with people. He titled it, ‘An Ordinary But Artistic Young Man Vs. The Lockdown’ and you can read it here.


Justin’s most recent commission is with Bounceback Food, a charity fighting food poverty. Their fundraising recipe book, ‘Secret Dishes From Around the World 3‘, features Justin’s artwork.


Justin has his own website where you can view more of his latest work and read his blog: https://www.justinplees.com/

You’ll also find his podcast on his website, where you can hear him talk about his work and exhibitions he’s visited.


How long have you been making art?

Since 2010.


What are your favourite art materials to work with?

I like using fineliners and felt tip.


What is your art about?

Mostly me as a character, besides anything that comes from my imagination!


What, or who, inspires you as an artist?

I love Quentin Blake, E. H. Shepherd & Dr. Seuss.


Why is art important to you?

Because it makes me feel like a professional profession.


What has been your proudest moment as an artist?

My latest creation; a movie-book!




Until It Looks Like This, People’s History Museum, 2022.


20:20 Print Exchange, Hot Bed Press, Salford, 2022.


The Behold! Room, The Horsfall Gallery, 2022.


You Can’t Stop Us, The Lowry, 2021.


Completely A Hustling Place, Manchester Central Library, 2021.


Cordially Invited IV, Make Studio Baltimore, online, 2021.


The Art of Now, The Lowry, 2019.


PERSPECTIVES, The Lowry, Salford Quays, 2018.


Art Jam, The Lowry, Salford Quays, 2017.


Technocolour, The Lowry, 2016.


The Art of Nature, They Lowry, 2015.



The NewBridge Project, Blazing New World: Slack’s Radio Residency, 2022.



Local Offer, Animation, Manchester City Council, 2018.