Julie Cross - Fine Artist

Julie is a multi-award winning artist living in Yorkshire. She is a figurative, expressionist painter who mostly focuses upon female figures and faces to highlight some of the essentials of human existence. Main interests include the interconnections between humans and their environments, individual psychological states, the role of fate, and the power of story. Her work is usually highly textured, often incorporating layers of cold wax and oil paint.

A graduate of Newlyn School of Art, Cornwall, Julie has studied widely in her practice, in the UK and the USA. She has a doctorate in Children's Literature, as well as an MA in History of Art and an MA in Childhood Studies.

Julie's work is expressionistic, though her experience of regular life drawing, her proficiency as a portrait painter and the ability to capture the essence of movement (through her previous work as an animal artist) inform her work. There is an ebb and flow between 'reality' and abstraction in the paintings, 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 over long stretches of time, often using cold wax, palette knives, rollers and scraping tools.  Despite her concern with concept and content, Julie's preoccupation with light, texture and the creation of mood is often evident.

Her work is exhibited widely, nationally and also internationally, and she has paintings in numerous private collections. She exhibits regularly at the ING Discerning Eye exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, as well as with the Society of Women Artists and 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, representing the UK, and Artists for Conservation in Canada.

Julie is represented by Bils and Rye gallery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Selected Exhibitions

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, 18 Nov - 31 December 2020 (virtual exhibition due to Covid-19)

A PORTRAIT OF YORKSHIRE, group exhibition, Bils & Rye, Harrogate, 3rd October - 3 December 2020

Ardent Gallery Small Picture Show, Brecon, Wales, 1 - 15 February 2020

The Harrogate Open 2019 (biennial), The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, 11 October -  15 January 2020

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, 14 - 24 November 2019

THUMP OF THE TALE, joint exhibition, The Granary Gallery, Weston Park, Shropshire, 28 September - 30 October 2019

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

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

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Julie Cross - Fine Art