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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 usually features texture, whether that be physical, created with layers of cold wax and oil paint, or optically, suggested by an abstract, scraped underpainting.

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.

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 Institute of Painters in Water Colours, among many others.

Julie is currently represented by Greenstage Gallery  in Worcester and No Naked Walls Gallery in Guildford (Surrey).  Her landscape work is shown with The English Art Co., The Mansion Conservatory, Roundhay, Leeds.

Selected Exhibitions

New Light Art Prize Exhibition, The Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead; Bankside Gallery, London; Rheged Arts Centre, Penrith; The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle; The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, 29 September 2023 - 31 December 2024

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 27 March - 13 April 2024

The Pastel Society Annual 125th Exhibition, Mall Galleries, 24 Jan - 10 February 2024

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, 16 - 26 November 2023

Harrogate Art Fair, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, 13 - 15 October 2023

 

Art for Youth London, Mall Galleries, London, 3 - 6 October 2023

'Loosen the Reins', New Editions Gallery, Lexington, USA, 15 September - 4 November 2023

Chelsea Arts Society Summer Exhibition, 14 - 18 June 2023

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, 10 - 14 May 2023

Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, 28 - 30 April 2023

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 30 March - 8 April 2023

Open Art Space 2023, The Old Parcels Office, Scarborough, 11 Feb - 12 March 2023

SAA Artist of the Year Exhibition 2022, Nottingham Society of Artists' Gallery, 30 Sept - 7 October 2022

Society of Women Artists' Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 6 - 11 September 2022

Early Summer Exhibition (group show), Greenstage Gallery, Worcester, 28 May - 2 July 2022

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, 10 - 13 March 2022

Saatchi Art, 'New This Week' Collection (curated by Chief Curator and VP, Rebecca Wilson), 8 - 15 November 2021

'Sketch for Survival' Invitational Collection, Oxo Gallery, London, 17 - 28 November 2021

'An Artistic Wonderland', SAA Artist of the Year 2021, St Luke's House, Nottingham, 15 - 20 October 2021

Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, 6 - 8 August 2021

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 

Winner of the Schmincke Award at The Pastel Society 125th anniversary Exhibition, 2024

Runner Up, Art as a Response to Mental Health, Doncaster Art Fair, 2023

Winner, Supporting All Artists' Award, SAA Artist of the Year, 2022

Winner, Best Professional Portrait, SAA Artist of the Year, 2021

'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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