Julie’s work is inspired by the sea, which holds endless fascination for her. She often travels and sails to gather inspiration, finding herself in unexpected sometimes challenging conditions, such as tropical storms and sudden changes in the weather. It is often these moments, which offer the most provoking subject matter for her work.
The mysterious and uncontrollable flux of the sea offers a sense of awe. This connects back to Romantic philosophy, which has influenced some of Julie’s earlier landscape and photography work. She feels this still plays an important role in art today because of the link to our most basic human instincts, along with a sense of the beyond and restorative uplifting powers of nature that we often overlook in today's society.
Julie uses an oil based monotype technique. Her unique painterly and spontaneous approach allows her to be responsive to the process of discovery and surprise as the images evolve. These works are one off, unique captured moments. Expressions of poignant memories in which time and rhythm play a crucial part in their construction. Artistic influences include JMW Turner, Norman Ackroyd, Maggi Hambling & Joan Mitchell.
Julie studied Drawing and Painting in Edinburgh and lives in Brighton, UK. Alongside her own art practice she teaches and manages the art department of a local college. Teaching Portfolio.
She is currently a member of North Star Print Studio and the Fiveways Artists Group.
2007– 2008 PGCE Secondary Art & Design, The University of Brighton
2005-2005 Erasmus Exchange, L’Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, France.
2002 – 2006 BA (Hons) Degree, Painting, Edinburgh College of Art
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
Dec 23 Press & Play Print Fair, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
May 22 Printhouse AOH Brighton, Brighton and Hove
May 21 North Star Printmakers AOH Brighton, Brighton and Hove
Nov 19 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London
May 19 Printhouse, AOH Brighton, Fiveways, Brighton and Hove
Apr 19 Fiveways Artists Group Exhibition, Open House Pub, Brighton
Dec 18 Julie Clark & Julie Jennings, AOH Brighton, Brighton and Hove
Oct 17 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Evolution, BIP-ART, London
Jul 11 Contemporary Romantics, Degree Art, Vyner Street, London
Aug 08 Group Exhibition, The Claremont, Brighton and Hove
Jul 08 Solo Exhibition, Carberry Tower, East Lothian
Nov 07 Solo & Group Exhibiitons, Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh
Jun 07 Going Places, Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton on Thames, Surrey
Mar 07 Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Nov 06 Group Exhibition, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
Nov 06 London Artist Book Fair 06, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London
Jun 06 Glasgow Print Studio Printmaking Prize
Nov 04 Andrew Grant Bequest Award, Edinburgh College of Art