Julie Jones is a local artist who has lived and worked near Machynlleth since 2008 when she relocated from Liverpool. Born in Cheshire, one of her main reasons to move here was to become more immersed in rural landscape, be closer to the elements and seasonal changes. Her awareness that nature is under threat from climate change, that human interaction with landscape needs to shift, means she intends to look at landscape in its fullest sense, not a romanticised view. However with this in mind, motivations for individual works evolve from personal memory and emotion.
Julie often makes ‘outdoor paintings’ direct from the landscape as well as produces work in the studio. The outdoor paintings, along with drawing and memory, influence her studio work as well as exist as artworks in themselves. The outdoor paintings are more raw and direct and capture energy and atmosphere of the moment of being and connect directly with nature. Her studio painting fluctuates somewhere between the abstract and the real, and is an exploratory process about how to represent a particular memory, feeling or experience, using varied methods of mark making, gesture, texture, layering and colour.
She works partly from memory to get closer to emotions attached to a place experienced, to find connections between nature and the unconscious, and she aims to bring about a sense of mystery and the unknown in the everyday through expressing mood and atmosphere, and through the process of making the painting.
Artists whom have influenced Julie include the late Welsh based painter Graham Sutherland, the abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell, and the contemporary painter Cecily Brown.
Julie has exhibited at MOMA Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology, Aberystywth Arts Centre, Corris Institute and Mid Wales Arts Centre Caersws. Julie has experience in and able to undertake commissions and respond to your personal theme or favourite location in her work.
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