They often come from the mundane and unexpected, introspective and inquisitive moments in my life. I try not to discriminate amongst the tools I use, least of all – exploration. Varied – bright, colorful, dark – sometimes tinged with some slight narcissism that I see in our modern society. I find people fascinating and with them their behaviors and emotions. Most of the influence behind my work comes in-between moments; periods of reflection, random synaptic firings, memories of moments long ago, they’re all part of the kaleidoscope I work within. Unpredictable everyday life, a documented process of often overwhelming emotion and the desire to communicate, make a connection, to be a part of something greater.


Justin John was born on the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay in the Philippines in 1981. He studied Graphic Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He received his BFA the spring of 2003; shortly thereafter he moved to Washington, DC. He spent the next few years freelancing as a graphic designer and web designer for such companies as B.E.T., The Peace Corps, McGraw-Hill Publishing, A.H.I.P., and more. Justin has also held both managerial and creative roles in the retail industry with major companies including Wet Seal, Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, and FLOR (Interface). In 2014, Justin moved cross-country to Boise, ID to be closer to family. He now lives and creates his art from his studio apartment in downtown Boise’s historic Idanha Hotel.


Maryland Institute, College of Art
Graduated 2003
BFA – Major in Graphic Design, Digital Media Arts Concentration
Studied under: Ellen Lupton

Graphic Design Department Recognition Award (2002)
Seymour Mandelbaum Merit Award (2000)
Dean’s List (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)


2019 — Art Auction 51 Group exhibition, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
2018 — Conceptions Art Show Group exhibition, Iron Triangle, DTLA
2018 — RAW: CONNECT Group exhibition, Revolution Concert House & Event Center, Garden City, ID
2018 — SIMULACRUM Solo exhibition, UPCYCLE Studio, Boise, ID
2011 — Exposed: The Polaroid Retrospective II Lamont Bishop Gallery, Washington, DC


Nelson, Lex: “Justin W. John: Simulacrum” Boise Weekly, Arts & Culture section. May 23, 2018