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.
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
'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