Colourful offering in stand-out exhibition

Justin Stone with artwork for his new exhibition New For Old. 153557

By LUKE VOOGT

JUSTIN Stone has been spraying his Ocean Grove shed full of colour in preparation for his first solo exhibition in Geelong.
Empty spray cans line the walls of the shed and stencils, paintings and even a spray-painted surfboard sit on old couches, ready for display.
“It’s so varied that you might think its a few different artists but it’s all me,” Justin said.
Justin’s exhibition “New For Old” begins at Little Creatures on 3 May and runs until 29 May, showcasing five years of work inspired by pop-culture and street art.
“But also the natural world, living here in Ocean Grove,” Justin said.
The 35-year-old artist was stoked at the chance to display his work at Little Creatures, after six months of applying to the brewery.
“I think it’s one of those places Geelong needs rather than a pokies joint or something like that,” he said.
Ocean Grove locals might recognise Justin’s art, which has featured on a redecorated signal box in The Terrace since mid last year.
He regularly featured in group and solo exhibitions in Melbourne before moving here five years ago.
“But there’s so much of that style going on there that it’s easy to blend into the crowd,” he said.
“Hopefully in Geelong it might stand out a little bit more.”

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