Julie Goulding’s very earliest artistic influences were the cartoon characters that lived in the childrens’ colourful Comic weeklies : with their weird titles, like ‘Dandy’,‘Beano’ and ‘Whizzer and Chips’. It helped that her parents owned a Newspaper store (in the days when everyone read at least one daily newspaper!) as not only could she read every comic printed, but she could also sample the freebie candies 'loosely' sellotaped to the comics.
At what seems a tender age of 5, and after a couple of ultimately unsuccessful escape attempts from the local institution, known as Primary school, she settled down to her most studious of activities, drawing and colouring. The cartoon sketches being particularly popular with the kids and the teachers.
After a rather circuitous route, she enrolled at University to take her second B.A.(Hons.) degree, the long anticipated study of Fine Art; it was there that she learnt the rigorous classical techniques of observational drawing and oil painting. Whilst studying the history and philosophy of art, she developed a deep appreciation of the Renaissance painters.
Julie was lucky to find,and to choose a rare Art College, one which very consciously rejected mainstream fashionable art. Maybe not a good thing, but when most institutions were rejecting a longer world view and being only interested in promoting the Dada Anti-drawing and Anti-painting movement, and celebrating Duchamp's 'Urinal' as the starting point for art theory and practice, it meant a lot of babies and bathwater were being thrown out.
Amongst the accomplished teachers/painters that Julie studied under at the then U.K York University's Scarborough Campus, was the prestigious and internationally renowned Cubist-Realist painter, Prof. Clive Head, who has exhibited at the National Gallery, London and the Louis. K. Meisel Gallery, in New York.
In Julie’s practice, her paintings express the need to make connections with the beauty of a place, the need to mirror what we see and feel when looking at the architecture of the created landscape, and at the given landscapes of nature with its beautiful skies, its bodies of water, and its changing seasons. Her way of looking often has a surreal edge and a focus on spatial relationships as seen through geometric forms.
Subject matter is that of naturalism and narrative, which, for her, must overlay the design aesthetics of abstract composition.
The paintings often imply a narrative of journeys, and they suggest that our one life is somewhat fleeting when contrasted with a sense of timelessness felt through nature, and history. A sense of timelessness that we perhaps desire through our complex beliefs based upon faiths.
Julie Goulding has exhibited extensively in juried public galleries and art fairs, and is the recipient of nationally esteemed painting awards.
She is currently selling works through Saatchi and Art finder.
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