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Julie Lawrence

I create drawings and paintings which respond to incidental moments of light in the landscape. I explore themes of impermanence and a liminal sense of place and identity

My artwork draws upon the mystical perspective of the visionary landscape tradition. I am based in the Wirral, and I hold a BA (First Class Hons.) and an MA in Fine Art from the University of Chester in 2009. After many years teaching in special Education, I have only recently begun to develop my practice professionally.  My most recent exhibitions have included the Pastel Society’s annual open exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London, where I was awarded the 2023 Yoshimoto prize.  I am also really pleased to have recently contributed to the Drawing (Paper) Show catalogue and exhibition at the Bridewell Galleries, as well as the Platforms Project in Athens.

I work predominantly in pastels and water-based media, responding to a daily walk with my dog through local woods and heathland. I am fascinated by the way experiences of changing light and weather influence memory and perception, and while I contemplate the movement of my own shadow passing through the landscape, I consider how this is transformed by memory too.
The work invites notions of impermanence as I focus on the transience of my shadow moving through an ever changing sense of place. The work strives to make tangible a liminal sense of time which hovers between nostalgic association and   something unknown.


Storm Shadows

Storm Kathleen series of work

Figure on the Hill

Between Two Worlds

Through the mists of Time

Weather Watcher

Platforms project Athens

Shadow Crossing

Encounters body of work

Rain Shadows

Storm Traveller


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