Sculptor

Julia Brown

Julia Brown – Biography, CV and Artist Statement 2024

Biography
Yorkshire based artist Julia Brown works primarily in oil painting. Initially completing her Fine
Arts degree in 2000 and practicing for 3 years, Julia reluctantly drifted away from painting
full-time, first working as a concept artist, graphic designer, then running her own book
design and illustration business. The return to her Fine Art roots came gradually but
passionately, culminating in the decision to commit full-time to her practice once more in
2018 after growing interest in her work.
Moving to a new studio near her home in West Yorkshire in 2023, Julia’s work continues to
evolve. Alongside working en plein air, Julia frequently gathers inspiration by using ‘random’
photography as a passenger moving through a landscape—often capturing unexpected
fleeting moments and unique atmospheres that work their way into her contemporary
landscapes.
Julia was shortlisted for the New Light Art Prize (2020/21), the Cooper Prize 2021, and the
Tarpey Open 2021, the latter leading to regular appearances with the gallery. She continues
to build her career by showing with several galleries across the UK and running her own
website selling original artworks.

EXHIBITIONS/SHOWS
Galleries:
Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derbyshire/UK
The Sculpture Lounge (Pop Up/Online only)
Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield, South Yorkshire/UK 
The Look Gallery, Helmsley, North Yorkshire/UK 

Group Shows:
2023 – Contrast and Connections Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derbyshire/UK
2023 – The Sculpture Lounge Summer Exhibition, Holmbridge, Holmfirth/UK
2023 – Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield/UK
2022 – Degrees of Abstraction, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derbyshire/UK
2022 – The Sculpture Lounge Summer Exhibition, Holmbridge, Holmfirth/UK
2022 – Meet the Locals; Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield/UK
2021 – Tarpey Gallery Open 2021, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derbyshire/UK
2021 – 30th Anniversary Show, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield/UK
2021 – The Sculpture Lounge Summer Exhibition, Holmbridge, Holmfirth/UK

2021 – The Cooper Prize, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley/UK
2020/21 – ‘Ubuntu’ Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield/UK
2020/21 – New Light Art Prize Biennial Exhibition (Touring/UK – Scarborough Art Gallery;
Tullie House, Carlisle; The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne; Bankside Gallery, London)
2003 – Affordable Art Fair, London/UK
2002 – Affordable Art Fair, London/UK
2000 – In Gallery MODE, London (Graduate Showcase)
PRIZES
2021 – The Cooper Prize – Shortlisted
2020/21 – New Light Art Prize – Shortlisted

Artist’s Statement
My current work is a response to the environment around me. I get swept up with elemental
nature surrounding me—changing seasons, light and weather, as I muse on humanity’s past,
present and future relationship with our landscapes whilst out walking or running. Even in the
quietest, most windswept and unpopulated places, human presence can be evident: an
overgrown path, tumbledown wall or rotted posts: signs of interference—past or present, an
echo of what once was. My paintings explore this relationship—whether it’s a story of decay
and return to the earth, or one of building a sustainable future for our planet.
Alongside working en plein air, I frequently gather inspiration by using ‘random’ photography
as a passenger moving through a landscape—often capturing unexpected fleeting moments
and unique atmospheres that work their way into my paintings back in the studio.
My work often evolves quickly from thin, layered washes of oil paint daubed onto the primed
support, 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 further with different tools and techniques.

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