Julia Cooper: House and Garden
7 September  - 1 October 2018

 

For her third solo exhibition with David Simon Contemporary, Julia Cooper has largely focused on paintings of kitchen still lifes. This has been a favourite theme

for her for some time and a series of small abstract ‘garden’ compositions are

a recent diversion, adding an interesting new dimension to her work. In many ways her enjoyment of painting and the enjoyment of viewing her works is more about the composition of abstract structure and the handling of the paint surfaces.

 

Bonbon

oil on panel
38 x 48cm

 

 

Gateaux

oil on panel
59 x 74cm

 

 

 

Praline

oil on panel
38 x 48cm

 

 

 

Comfit

oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

 

Profiterole

oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

Gingerbread

oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

Artemisia
oil on panel
17 x 18cm

 

 

Anthemis
oil on panel
17 x 18cm

 

 

 

Alchemilla
oil on panel
17 x 18cm

 

 

Cookie
oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

Petit Four
oil on panel
17 x 23cm

 

Chiffon
oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

Mascarpone
oil on panel
58 x 73cm

 

 

Saffron
oil on panel
70 x 100cm

Mille Feuille
oil on panel
58 x 73cm

 

 

Marzipan
oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

Cupcake
oil on panel

24 x 28cm
 

Fudge
oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

Chou
oil on panel

17 x 23cm
 

 

 

Strudel
oil on panel

17 x 23cm

 

 

Crepe
oil on panel

17 x 23cm

 

 

Clotted

oil on panel

70 x 100cm

 

 

Cashew
oil on panel

17 x 23cm

 

 

Cassia
oil on panel

70 x 100cm

 

 

Galette
oil on panel
24 x 28cm
 

 

Filo
oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

Patty
oil on panel
24 x 28cm

 

 

Tarte
oil on panel
17 x 18cm

 

 

Mousse
oil on panel
60 x 80cm

 

 

Banoffee
oil on panel
17 x 18cm

 

 

Baguette
oil on panel
38 x 48cm

 

 

Torte
oil on panel
60 x 80cm

 

Tatin
oil on panel
45 x 60cm

 

 

Living on the rugged Cornish coast, Julia Cooper is constantly inspired by her surrounding environment. Exploring the coastline, she enjoys finding sun bleached and weathered marine debris, vintage boat timbers and jetsam on the beaches. Julia’s landscapes and coastal paintings often emerge out of the thought processes and physical discoveries of surface textures made when creating the three-dimensional works. Whether constructing or paintings, she becomes completely engrossed in the job of adjusting colours, or shapes until the whole looks right. Much of this side of her painting involves scraping back to layers underneath to add texture and visible history of the making.


Julia Cooper has always enjoyed painting kitchen still lifes, following a timeless tradition of depicting simple shapes such as bowls and jugs, as a mode of studying the juxtaposition of colour. Often she will incorporate repetitive patterns suggesting chequered floor tiles to build a spatial tension within the composition. This sometimes creates flattened and multiple perspectives, acknowledging her inspiration from Cornish artists such as Patric Heron and William Scott. ‘The term Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view. It means finding beauty in imperfection, modesty, intimacy or austerity. I like to think the objects in my Still Life and the intimacy of the wood constructions are akin to to such an aesthetic, a bit faded and quietly satisfying.’

Julia Cooper trained in Fine Art as well as Interior Design and has exhibited her work widely in the United Kingdom. She holds regular solo and mixed exhibitions in Cornwall and Bath.

 

 

 

 

Exhibition: 43

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