A student of both the Fine Arts department and the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies of the University of Melbourne, Justine Ulmann has completed degrees in various fields including Medieval illuminated manuscripts, the work of Albrecht Dürer and his portrayal of the dog, art curatorship and museum management, and the relationship between Japanese screen and wall painting and the interior architecture of castles. In 2003, Justine was awarded a PhD in Japanese Art History, her thesis examining the depiction of insects in Japanese Rimpa painting of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With the award of a Japanese Education Ministry (Monbushō) scholarship in 2000, Justine was able to undertake doctoral research at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku), under the supervision of Professor Jun'ichi Takeuchi, the director of the Geidai Museum.
Descended on her father's side from a family of Swiss painters, sculptors and designers, all with a keen interest in animals ranging from monkeys and horses and reptiles and frogs, Justy has been immersed in naturalist art since her birth in Alice Springs in 1971. As both child and adult, she sketched and painted with her father, noted wildlife artist Robert Ulmann, on field trips through New Guinea, China, the Cook Islands and extensively throughout Australia, particularly the outback. Back in the studio she had unlimited resources and encouragement to experiment, even attending life drawing classes at the age of seven. Her first named drawing, in 1973, was, prophetically, "Ant's Faces", and her first exhibition was with her father at the age of eight. "Another Ulmann" proclaimed the Warrnambool Standard as she proudly displayed a linocut of octopi, but over the intervening years, her linocuts, watercolours and acrylics reveal an increasing love of insects, flowers and the art of botanical illustration which she now studies at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne with Dianne Emery. She has had one exhibition in Melbourne, at the Fitzroy Gallery in 1997, and is a member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia. In November 2005, Justy won "Best Local Artist" at the City of Warrnambool Art Show.
Her small studio-gallery displays paintings, cards and hand-beaded jewellery. Works from her late father's collection may be viewed by prior arrangement. Commissions accepted.