Julia Brown is a contemporary painter working predominantly in oils. After graduating in 2000 with a BA(Hons) Fine Art, she reluctantly drifted away from full-time painting, first working as a concept artist, graphic designer, then running her own book design and illustration business.
The return to her fine-art roots has come gradually but passionately over the last few years, culminating in the decision to dedicate herself full-time to her practice after finding representation with galleries and growing interest in her work.
Julia’s work currently explores spaces, landscapes and structures—man-made or organic—and the interplay of one against and within the other. How man has ‘stamped his boots’ on the earth—constructed environments, and populated landscapes—later discarding those creations and moving on when use has been fulfilled.
The story of those left-behind places is frequently an interesting one—whether it’s a story of decay and return to the earth, or one of life breathed back and a renewed purpose given.
The paintings evolve quickly from thin, layered washes of oil paint on primed canvas, allowing the pigments, solvent and gravity to help with the mixing process on the surface of the work. Making decisions about whether to intervene is key. Passages of moving paint remain, others are wiped back with rags, before repeating the process and building the paint once more.
After spending 20 years living in Huddersfield, Julia now lives in a picturesque village in Yorkshire with partner, sculptor Damon Price, 3 cats, 2½ motorbikes and a skeleton named Bernard. She is a resident studio holder at the Sculpture Lounge studios and art space near Holmfirth.
Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield, South Yorkshire/UK (Current)
The Look Gallery, Helmsley, North Yorkshire/UK (Current)
Bils & Rye, Kirby Moorside, North Yorkshire/UK (2019-2020)
2020/21 New Light Art Prize Biennial Exhibition (Touring/UK)
2003, Affordable Art Fair, London/UK
2002, Affordable Art Fair, London/UK
2000, In Gallery MODE, London (Graduate Showcase)
2020/21 New Light Art Prize - Shortlisted