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
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
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.
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.