Julie Barnes is a contemporary artist and RSA prizewinner who paints figurative pieces and landscapes. Her figurative work is bold in composition and rich in colour, texture and light.Her landscapes are evocative and atmospheric; all have been described as ethereal and beautiful.
Her works reflect Julie’s love of things otherworldly, and seek to straddle reality and dreams, past life and present. She uses gold, silver and bronze leaf to enhance applied oils and acrylics, giving her paintings a rich texture and luminosity. This feature coupled with a wonderful eye for colour, creates paintings which are both unique and identifiable.
In 2007 her work was selected for the Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition at the National Gallery, Scotland, where she was awarded the RSA Keith Prize. More recently, Julie has been chosen from over 1,000 artists to be shortlisted for a prestigious national art prize worth £15,000 to the winner. Julie is one of 83 artists from across the UK shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2018, the UK’s leading competition for British contemporary representational painting and drawing. Having made the shortlist her work will be exhibited at London’s Mall Galleries from 5–17 March.
Julie Barnes does not mass produce her work; every painting is unique and individual and is an expression of her creative style, untethered and authentic.
She undertakes personal commissions by appointment.
She has had solo and group exhibitions in the UK, mainland Europe, Australia and Japan.
‘I am a visual artist with a passion for painting and creatiing.My paintings have been described as “robust yet delicate and having a unique, magical quality.”
I believe in the possibility that a painting really can speak a thousand words.More than an arrangement of colour and form and can convey meaning and essence which opens up all six senses. I love the power of colours, such a fundamental part of our daily existence. Pale, rich or luminous, filling the senses with their own life force, creating an emotional reaction.
My focus has been on producing figurative works inspired by the universal relationships between humans, nature in both the seen and unseen worlds. Exploring symbolic associations and images that may trigger the viewers own experiences, memories and interpretations.
I am inspired and influenced by everything I experience. Painting offers me a way to share this and connect with people, creating a bridge between myself and the world using emotion, content and colour. At it’s simplest, I hope to add a sense of beauty and stillness into an often chaotic world.’