76 x 102 cm | 29 x 40 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"My work owes much to Eastern artistic traditions, particularly Japanese aesthetics, as well as Abstract Expressionism. Often I start out with a representational painting; I enjoy testing the potential of the image, playing with the visual properties to the point of almost complete erasure. Through a range of mark-making techniques, the image is consumed in shifting, diaphanous layers of paint - invoking the history of colour field painting. Becoming aware of certain voids within the glaze, I thought of 'kintsugi' - the Japanese art of fixing broken ceramics with gold, thus emphasising and celebrating the idea of damage and patina. I aim to create a painting which slowly emerges to the viewer, in which there is almost 'nothing' but a richness of surface which encourages contemplation."
Julie-Ann is making a significant impression on the emerging art world. Shortly after graduating in 2015, she won The RSA Guthrie Award and Medal for an outstanding painting by a Scottish artist under 35. She has exhibited regularly since then - being shortlisted for a number of competitions and awards.
Julie Ann Simpson is an artist inspired by the senses, evoking harmonic rhythm, recent memory, absence surrounded by presence, the abstracted forms act as a series of random echoes, with the resultant canvases blurring the mark between a reminiscent dream or the experienced actuality.