“My painting process is very physical and more like an evolving performance” – Julie Harris

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Julie Harris is presenting her solo exhibition at Despard Gallery, Tasmania, Australia. The paintings of this series have a subtle texture and vibrant colors which is Julie’s signature style. Julie’s exhibitions are often held in Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Her works are a part of significant collections in NGA, the USA, Scotland, and Germany.

The artist believes that her process of painting is quite evolving and physical in nature. She takes the artworks inside the studios and out of them basis the weather, the strength of the sunlight, and its heat because these things affect the texture of the paintings a lot. She paints, scrubs and stains the canvas in order to attain the perfection that she wants to see in her paintings.

Vibrant colours and subtle textures her works appeal to both lovers of abstraction and colour field, her works are reflective of the immediate environment -the weather, the studio or her garden and in particular her music.

“My painting process is very physical and more like an evolving performance. The works are taken in and out of the studio according to the weather, the heat and the strength of the sunlight. These things influence the way the paint forms and mingles on the canvas. I wash, scrub, erase and stain the surfaces so a history of the activity remains but no intentional gestures are left. As the work builds up it takes on it’s own identity and an internal logic is found.” – Julie Harris.

The exhibition is on view through 12 November 2017 at Despard Gallery. 

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