Lost Horizons: Julia Cooper

10 October - 7 November

 

The paintings of Julia Cooper convey a sense of working from memories of a place but also memories and observations of objects and materials such as the worn layers of paint on the hull of a fishing boat, or the weather-battered stonework of a harbour wall. Julia’s paintings are built up through many layers of paint, oil stick and charcoal, and like the surfaces of the harbour walls and the cliff edges, these are often partially scraped back to reveal a history. The enjoyment of the materials that she uses and the simple profundity of mark-making is as important as the subject of each painting – the technique is the content.

 

Walnut

mixed media on panel

40 x 50cm

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Turmeric

mixed media on canvas

80 x 100cm

 

 

Tansy

mixed media on panel

17x 27cm

 

 

 

Squall

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

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Ruan

mixed media on panel

80 x 100cm

 

 

 

Trough

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

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Borage

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

 

 

Hickory

mixed media on panel

44 x 54cm

 

Hazelnut

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

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Blue Gribbin

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

 

 

 

Pink

mixed media on canvas

80 x 100cm

 

 

 

Pont Pill

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

 

 

 

Comfrey

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

 

 

Olive

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

 

 

Sage

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

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Riprap

mixed media on panel

58 x 68cm

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Thyme

mixed media on panel

38 x 48cm

 

 

Slip

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

 

 

Quay

mixed media on canvas

80 x 97cm

 

Lantic

mixed media on panel

38 x 49cm

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Drennick

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

 

Buttermilk

mixed media on panel

38 x 49cm

 

 

Krug

mixed media on canvas

80 x 100cm

 

 

Ale

mixed media on panel

44 x 55cm

 

 

Paddle

mixed media on board

18 x 24cm

November

mixed media on board

18 x 24cm

 

 

Quay

mixed media on panel

46 x 68cm

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Blueberry

mixed media on panel

22 x 28cm

 

 

Julia Cooper paints using different media including oil paint, water colour and mixed media. Surfaces are washed with colour then scored, scraped back or obliterated to create an interesting narrative which allows her to explore colour and rhythm. Whether abstract or figurative the image is discovered through this process. Julia’s studio overlooks Fowey harbour where the changes of light on the water’s surface are reflected in her use of colour.

 

Julia has exhibited her work widely in the United Kingdom and her work has several times been featured in Cornwall Today. She was also included in Cornish Muse, Helen Hoyle’s ‘Women Artists.’  Her studies include a Fine Art Diploma with Distinction and Interior Design Diploma, the latter which resulted in her working with the Cornwall National Trust on their 87 holiday cottage refurbishment projects.

 

JULIA COOPER

Fine Art Diploma. Distinction

Life Drawing

Interior  Design  Diploma. Merit

OCA   Fine  Art  Foundation.

City & Guilds Interior Design

 

SELECTED EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

2015     David Simon Contemporary, Bath, Solo - October 2015

2014     David Simon Contemporary, Bath

2014     The National Trust. Collection

2014     West Bristol Art Trail - October

2014     Webb St Company Exhibition - August

2014     Cornwall Open Studio, Fowey   24 May - 1 June

2014     Fowey Festival Art Trail 10 - 17 May

2014     ABF Soldiers Charity Exhibition 2 - 9 May

2014     Gribbin Gallery Exhibition 18 - 30 April

2013     Prince's Trust Art Auction, Bath

2013     West Bristol Art Trail - Oct

2013     Fowey Regatta Art & Champagne - August

2013     Review by Helen Hoyle

2013     Cornwall Open Studio, Fowey

2013     Webb St Company, Fowey

2012     Gribbin Gallery

2012     ‘Postcard From an Artist’ Feature, Cornwall Today, September

2012    Cornwall Open Studios, Fowey

2011    Du Maurier Festival Exhibition

2011    Salt Gallery Exhibition

2011    Cornwall Open Studios, Fowey

2010    Stoneman Gallery, Penzance, Exhibition - Dec

2010     Cornwall Open Studios, Fowey

2010    Cotehele Gallery Exhibition

2010    Cotehele Gallery Exhibition

2009    Cornish Guardian Review

2009    Fowey River Gallery Exhibition

2009    Cornwall Open Studios, Fowey

2008    Masa Fine Art Exhibition

2008    Cornwall Open Studios, Fowey

2007    Inside Cornwall Feature

2007    Masa Fine Art Exhibition

2007    Cornwall Open Studios, Fowey

2007    Fowey River Gallery Exhibition

2006    6 Page Feature in Cornwall Today

2006    Western Morning News Feature

2006    Fowey River Gallery Exhibition

2003    Fine Art Dip.Dis

1995    Interior Design Diploma. Merit

1992    OCA Fine Art Foundation

1985    City & Guilds Interior Design, Salisbury

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