Julia Davies is a Wagga Wagga based artist exploring the medium of painting. Julia studied at Sydney College of the Arts from 2006-2008 and those years of explorationcombined with the influence of recent travels to Africa, India, Nepal, Thailand and Japan have informed Julia’s work and enabled the emergence of a style that is fluid, poetic and exciting.
Julia’s time abroad in Central East Africa, volunteering in Tanzania for six months has been her most significant cultural, emotional and spiritual experience to date. Posted in a village called Matamba, Julia helped build the village’s first medical centre as well as tutoring in English and art.
Various stages of Julia’s life have influenced the way she attempts to create design to express meaning. Her exploration with colour, form and materials means her work does not adhere to one particular style or theme, but each painting captures a particular autonomy.
Julia incorporates body motion to give her works a sense of movement. Although the movement of the body directs the colour, there is a strong sense of chance; how the paint dries, different reactions to the variety of mediums used and how the pigments bleed into neighbouring colours. Julia enjoys the accidental and unpredictable nature of creating works in this way.
Julia has been exhibiting work since 2003 in Sydney and the Riverina. Her upcoming exhibition Elements at the E3 art space in Wagga Wagga is a series of abstract landscape paintings created using Indian pigments, acrylic and collage on canvas. The exhibition celebrates the remarkable vast landscape of the Riverina and beyond, andendeavours to capture a transitory meeting between chance and considered application.
I begin by envisaging a landscape, and then I work on the canvas over a period of 4 to 8 weeks; spilling, soaking, staining. All this is achieved by using movement of the body as a means to apply and direct the flow of paint. I focused on eliminating the brush gesture, resulting in fluid waves of heavy blues, fiery yellow, earthy greens and glowing oranges.
29 September – 10 October
Opening 29 September 6pm -8pm
E3 art space
Civic Centre, Cnr Baylis & Morrow Streets
Open: Tues – Sat 10am – 3pm, Sun 12pm – 4pm