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Julia Brown

WORK

My current work 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, built monumental engineering and architecture, created 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. I let passages of moving paint remain, or wipe other areas off with rags, angling the canvas so the runs move or halt—letting them do their thing.

As these layers start to settle and dry, I go in with more intense paint, dribble pure solvent over them to break up a mass, or ‘draw’ lines to create angular contrast with the more organic flow of the washed areas.

I want the shapes I describe to be something both intangible yet instantly recognisable—solid objects, the space in between them, or an atmosphere created by light, shade and colour.

LIFE

Julia Brown is a contemporary painter working predominantly in oils. After graduating in 2000 with a BA(Hons) Fine Art from University of Huddersfield, 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 (commissions have included two album covers for Procol Harum).

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.

STUDY

BA (Hons) Fine Art – Painting and Drawing
University of Huddersfield (1997 – 2000)

BTEC Diploma – Foundation in Art and Design
Barnsley College (1996)

EXHIBITIONS/GALLERIES

• Bils & Rye, Kirbymoorside, North Yorkshire (UK)
• The Look Gallery, Helmsley, North Yorkshire (UK)
• Affordable Art Fair, London, 2002, 2003
• In Gallery MODE, London, 2000

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Julia Brown's art

    Royd Moor, 2020

    Artist: Julia Brown
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    Over Woodhead, 2020

    Artist: Julia Brown
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    Original price: £1350

    Detour, 2020

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    Carapace, 2020

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    Engine Shed, Threlkeld, 2019

    Artist: Julia Brown
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    Core, 2020

    Artist: Julia Brown
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Royd Moor, 2020

Artist: Julia Brown
Original Status: Available
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Original price: £725

Over Woodhead, 2020

Artist: Julia Brown
Original Status: Available
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Original price: £1350

Detour, 2020

Artist: Julia Brown
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Not available
Original price: £1025

Carapace, 2020

Artist: Julia Brown
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Not available
Original price: £1350

Engine Shed, Threlkeld, 2019

Artist: Julia Brown
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Not available
Original price: £1250

Core, 2020

Artist: Julia Brown
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Not available
Original price: £725

Arch, 2020

Artist: Julia Brown
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Original price: £725
Fallow, 2020
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Fallow, 2020

Artist: Julia Brown
Original Status: Sold
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Ink #9 - Waning

Artist: Julia Brown
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Original price: £295

Lichen Covered Trees, 2020

Artist: Julia Brown
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Original price: £625

Summer Orchard Study, 2020

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"My current work explores spaces, landscapes and structures—man-made or organic, and the interplay of one against and within the other."

Julia Brown's art

    Royd Moor, 2020

    Artist: Julia Brown
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Not available
    Original price: £725

    Over Woodhead, 2020

    Artist: Julia Brown
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Not available
    Original price: £1350

    Detour, 2020

    Artist: Julia Brown
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Not available
    Original price: £1025

    Carapace, 2020

    Artist: Julia Brown
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Not available
    Original price: £1350

    Engine Shed, Threlkeld, 2019

    Artist: Julia Brown
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Not available
    Original price: £1250

    Core, 2020

    Artist: Julia Brown
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Not available
    Original price: £725

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"My current work explores spaces, landscapes and structures—man-made or organic, and the interplay of one against and within the other."

Past Exhibitions


Bils & Rye, Kirbymoorside, North Yorkshire (UK)

The Look Gallery, Helmsley, North Yorkshire (UK)

Affordable Art Fair, London, 2002, 2003

In Gallery MODE, London, 2000
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"My current work explores spaces, landscapes and structures—man-made or organic, and the interplay of one against and within the other."