Julie Cross

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Julie Cross

Ruth Buchanan

The Granary Gallery
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Julie Cross is a multi award-winning artist living in Yorkshire, who now focuses on figurative, expressionist work. Usually using semi-abstracted female forms, she seeks to explore the power of story, especially narratives and imagery pertaining to fate, creation and death in classical mythology, fairy tales and children's literature.

She has a doctorate in Children's Literature, as well as an MA degree in Childhood Studies, and Julie is currently studying for an MA in History of Art at York University. Julie is also a published academic author and is a graduate of Newlyn School of Art, Cornwall.

Julie's work is impressionistic/expressionistic, though her experience of regular life drawing, her proficiency as a portrait painter and the ability to capture the essence of structure and movement (through her previous work as an animal artist) inform her work. There is an ebb and flow between 'reality' and abstraction in the works, which are open ended, encouraging individual response. The work is an intriguing mix of internal content she wishes to express through gestural, intuitive paint handling, and a more considered layering, sometimes incorporating scholarly elements of allusion and metaphor. However, despite the overriding concern with concept and content, Julie's preoccupation with the impressionistic depiction of light and mood is often present.

Julie's use of colour is very expressive, as it is one of the most direct emotional and psychological stimuli which can resonate with the viewer at a very personal level, whether it is bright, exhilarating, saturated colour with strong emphasis or subtle, sophisticated nuances of hue. In addition, she frequently uses different languages of paint within the same work, from palette-knifed texture, through loose, splashy runs, to fine caresses and thin veils of colour to give an ethereal quality - whatever is needed to convey the concept behind the piece. The complex treatment of the painted ground - often created with layers of cold wax medium, which is continually built up and excavated over time - creates a depth and a layering. This mirrors the age-old stories which are continually 'retold' and 'recreated', both in reality and in Julie's work, creating a metaphorical resonance beyond mere substance.

Julie's work is exhibited widely, nationally and also internationally, and she has works in numerous private collections. She exhibits regularly with the Society of Women Artists, at the ING Discerning Eye exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, and with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, among many others. She has exhibited with the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in Cheshire, as well as with the International Watercolour Society and Artists for Conservation in Canada.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


FIGURING FAIRY TALES, joint exhibition (Escapist Tales), The Bowery, Leeds, 17 November 2018 - 18 January 2019


RAW RICH group exhibition, PZ Gallery, Penzance, 24 - 26 November 2017 (Newlyn School of Art)


ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, November 2017


The Harrogate Open 2017 (biennial), The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, 17 June - 3 September 2017


'Fabriano in Aquarello', International Watercolour Exhibition (IWS), Fabriano, Italy, April - May 2017 (representing the UK)


ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, November 2016


Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, October 2016


National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Cheshire, 14 - 31 July 2016


'Fabriano in Aquarello' International Watercolour Exhibition (IWS), Fabriano, Italy, April - May 2016 (representing the UK)


'The People's Show' exhibition, Northumbria University Gallery, January - February 2016


ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, November 2015


Royal Society of Marine Artists' Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, October 2015


The Society of Equestrian Artists' exhibition, The Osborne Studio Gallery, Motcomb Street, London, 2015


Artists For Conservation Exhibit, Vancouver, Canada, September 2015


Royal Society of Marine Artists' Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, October 2014


Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Artist of the Year 2013 at the Mall Galleries, London, January 2014


AWARDS

'Best in Show' at the Association of Animal Artists' Annual Exhibition (sponsored by Great Art and SAA), 2018

Winner of the Two Rivers Paper Sketchbook Prize (AAA), 2018

Winner of the Buxton Spa/Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize, 2015

Silver Citation from The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI), 2015

Winner of the Christopher Parsons Award for Artistic Excellence, The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI), 2014

Winner of BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year (World Mammals category), 2013

Finalist in 'Artists and Illustrators' Magazine's Artist of the Year, 2013

Silver Citation from The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI), 2013

Winner of BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year (World Mammals category), 2012

Runner-Up in BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year (World Mammals category), 2012

Highly Commended Finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, 2012

Finalist in London Lives: Travel competition, Bankside Gallery, London, 2011


PUBLICATIONS

Featured in: Artists for Conservation 2015, International Exhibit of Nature in Art, introduction by Jeffrey Whiting (2015), Artists for Conservation Foundation, Canada.

Featured in: AcrylicWorks 2: The Best of Acrylic Painting, Radical Breakthroughs, edited by Jamie Markle (2015), North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Featured in: Strokes of Genius 6: The Best of Drawing, Value/Lights and Darks, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf (2014), North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Featured in: Artists for Conservation 2014, International Exhibit of Nature in Art, introduction by Jeffrey Whiting (2014), Artists for Conservation Foundation, Canada.

Featured in: The Artistic Touch 6, Chris Unwin (2014), Creative Art Press, Michigan, USA.