Julie Cross is a multi award-winning artist living in Yorkshire, who now focuses on a body of work she calls the 'conceptual figurative', using representations of bodies and faces (both human and animal) to explore the human condition and universal themes, utilising allegory, metaphor and symbolism.   Her influences often stem from literature, Greek mythology, even fables, as well as imagination!

The work is semi-abstracted and impressionistic/expressionistic, though Julie's experience of regular life drawing, her proficiency as a portrait painter and the ability to capture the essence of animals and movement informs her work.   There is an ebb and flow between 'reality' and abstraction in the works, which are open ended, encouraging individual response.  There is no pretence of 'reality' and the very surface of the paintings and the autonomy of the paint, whether loose and suggestively flowing or deliciously juicy and opaque, piled high with a palette knife, often has an important role to play, alongside any suggestion of meaning or narrative.  Julie's use of colour is often very expressive, as it is one of the most direct emotional and psychological stimuli which can resonate with the viewer at a very personal level, whether it is bright, exhilarating, saturated colour with strong emphasis or subtle, sophisticated nuances of hue.

Julie's work is exhibited widely, nationally and also internationally, including with the Society of Women Artists in London, the ING Discerning Eye exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in Cheshire, as well as with the International Watercolour Society and Artists for Conservation in Canada.

 

AWARDS


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


PUBLICATIONS

Featured in: Artists for Conservation 2015, International Exhibit of Nature in Art, introduction by Jeffrey Whiting (2015), Artists for Conservation Foundation, Canada.

Featured in: AcrylicWorks 2: The Best of Acrylic Painting, Radical Breakthroughs, edited by Jamie Markle (2015), North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Featured in: Strokes of Genius 6: The Best of Drawing, Value/Lights and Darks, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf (2014), North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Featured in: Artists for Conservation 2014, International Exhibit of Nature in Art, introduction by Jeffrey Whiting (2014), Artists for Conservation Foundation, Canada.

Featured in: The Artistic Touch 6, Chris Unwin (2014), Creative Art Press, Michigan, USA.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


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


Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Artist of the Year 2013 at the Mall Galleries, London, January 2014


Marwell International Wildlife Art Society exhibition, Rookesbury Park Manor, September 2013 (BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Winners)


Society of Women Artists’ Annual exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London, 27 June – 6 July 2013


‘Equus’, open exhibition at [mine] creative space and art gallery, Carshalton, London, May - June 2013

 

Society of Equestrian Artists, ‘The Horse in Art’, the Menier Gallery, London, 20 Nov – 1 December 2012

 

ING Discerning Eye exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London, 10 – 20 November 2011

 

‘London Lives, Travel’ exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, September (finalist), 2011

 

‘Invisible’ Open Art exhibition, Richmond, North Yorkshire, September, 2011

 

David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, the Mall Galleries, London, 2011 (Highly Commended finalist)

 

Sue Ryder Care ‘Art Liberating Lives’ exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London, December 2009

 

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London, November 2009


Open College of Arts exhibition, ‘Art Materials Live’, NEC, Birmingham, November 2009