Justin Paton is senior curator at The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu and is widely published as an art critic. Until recently he was curator of contemporary art at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. From 2000 until 2005 he was Editor of New Zealand's longest-running journal of Arts and Letters, Landfall. As a curator, his recent exhibitions have included Reboot:The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, World's Edge: Ten Horizons, and Tall Tales and History Lessons: Contemporary New Zealand Art from the Nineteenth Century. Most recently he co-curated the survey exhibition of another Laureate artist, Julia Morison, and authored the recently released book of that exhibition, titled a loop around a loop.
His book about Australian sculptor Ricky Swallow was published by Craftsman House/Thames and Hudson in 2004. A monograph on Jude Rae was published by Ouroboros publishing in 2006. And recent essays have appeared in publications on the artists Daniel von Sturmer and Rohan Wealleans. His survey of the painter Jeffrey Harris was published by Victoria University Press in 2005 and was a finalist in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Illustrative Section, and his book How to Look at a Painting was the winner in the Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture Category of the same Awards.
aberhart a sumptuous survey of one of New Zealand's most important photographers published by VUP in May 2007, has an essay by Justin called "Living Proof". Curator at City Gallery, Wellington, Gregory O'Brien also contributes an essay entitled "The Horizon Room ". The accompanying exhibition at City Gallery Wellington was curated by Gregory O'Brien, working closely with Laurence Aberhart and Justin.