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JULIA NOLAN BA (Hons) MIXED MEDIA FINE ART

Abstract and figurative paintings are influenced by a childhood spent in the industrial city of Sheffield, renowned for its steel. Distressed and fatigued surfaces, scratched and worn relating to the years watching her father, a painter and decorator at work.

 

Growing up on the Gunsite in Sheffield was a major inspiration as was finding old rusty bomb heads and playing amongst remnants of discarded bunkers dating back to WWII and dilapidated, crumbling buildings connecting to memories of the past.

 

Worn and weathered fragments of rusty metal, transformed and patinated by time and nature, are often used in artwork in combination with other found objects, selecting and considering each piece, a subjective process, recognising a potential in each object. Liquid metal and metal turnings add fascination to the sometimes heavy textures of sand mixed into paint, corrugated card, black lava, glass beads and glue gun dribbles for effect. At times paint is delicately scratched into to reveal a mixture of translucent colours underneath or plastered on by the use of a palette knife. Text also plays a part in description, often deliberately partially covered or back to front.

 

Mark making, paint stains and torn paper all stir up emotions from the past. The artworks are new, re-invented and brought to life, the surfaces having a history, long forgotten, telling a story and representing the passing of time. Hidden images and text as in the ‘Berlin Wall’ series add emotion and intrigue to the pieces.

2015 – Now                                 Ripley Art Centre. Roger Lewis Art Class

2008 – 2012                              Harrow Art Centre.  Abstract Art with Laura Reiter

2007 – 2008                              Hampstead School of Art.  Printmaking Course

 

2003 – 2006                              University of Westminster, London

                                                Degree in Mixed Media Fine Art   BA(Hons)

 

2001 – 2003                              Stockport College, Manchester.   Diploma in Art & Design

           

1998 – 2000                              Stockport College, Manchester.  ‘A’ Levels in Art & French

 

1996 – 1997                              Atelier D’Anne Bourelli, Bordeaux. Weekly Art Workshop

1995 – 1996                              Ludon, Nr.Bordeaux, Weekly Art Workshop with Serge Herout

 

Shows.

2016                                             Ripley Art Centre Exhibition

2012                                             Cork St. London ‘Open Exhibition’. Two works exhibited.

2012                                         Spirewatch Exhibition, Harrow-on-the-Hill

2011                                         Spirewatch Exhibition, Harrow-on-the-Hill

2011                                         Journeys into Abstraction Exhibition, Stanmore

2011                                         Le Vau-Thibault Show, Le Val de Loire, France.

2010                                         Spirewatch Exhibition, Harrow-on-the-Hill

2008                                         Hampstead School of Art

                                                Printmaking Exhibition

2007                                         Rivelin Glenn Quarry, Sheffield

                                                Painting & Sculpture Exhibition

2006                                         London Gallery West, London. Degree Show

2005                                         London Gallery West, London. ‘Longweekend’  Exhibition

2004                                         Westminster Uni. End of Year Show

2004                                         Hayward Gallery, London. ‘Eyes, Lies & Illusions’

                                                Two works exhibited

2003                                         Stockport Art Gallery, Manchester.

 

Experience

2010                                         Headway (Association for the head injured)

                                                Taught a short series of abstract art classes                   

 

2005                                         Transition Gallery, London. Assisted Cathy Lomax in Gallery & Office

 

1986 – 1994                              Course Co-ordinator for Shiatsu School, Sheffield.

                                                Designed all artwork, posters etc.

 

1986                                         Organised Sheffield’s First Alternative Medicine Exhibition

                                                Designed & produced displays for stands & posters etc.

1985 - 1993                               Musical Theatre Soc.Sheffield. Designed & produced scenery & props.