'For me, a love of the marine subject began as a kid reading Treasure Island, which was followed by Moonfleet, the Hornblower series, Bolitho and any number of historical reference books featuring sailing ships and sea battles. Marine books from England were found and purchased from an early age, hence after 50 years I have a bookshelf of Archibald, Pope, Lavery, and O’Brien, there are pirate books, sea adventures, but my favourite was always anything with sea battles and men of war from the Spanish Armada to Trafalgar.
Julian is a watercolourist who draws on a variety of themes, with an attention to landscapes, alpine snow gums, city scenes, maritime themes, figure and portraiture. It is difficult for an artist to operate with any real confidence in today’s art market, but hasn’t it always been so? Artists must continue their exploration of the ‘right way’ to paint for themselves with a regard for acceptance in the wider art landscape.
As a teacher, educates artists in the importance of drawing and structure in painting. The basic genres are explored in a low-key manner allowing artists to find their confidence with the watercolour medium as well as their style and understanding of subjects. Paintings are made up of Tone, Forms, Colour, Edges and Texture—his teaching concentrates on these aspects.
After many years in advertising, publishing and animation, he now works with the Victorian Artists Society and other art societies painting, teaching, giving demonstrations and judging.
He is a regular exhibitor in exhibitions around Melbourne, and for the past 8 years has been involved with FIVE, an annual group exhibition of select VAS artists. He has twice been awarded VAS Artist of the Year, in 2010 and 2013, The Kenneth Jack Memorial Award 2010 and 2014 and the AGRA Medallion Winner for 2013, with multiple awards for watercolour in various Suburban and Rotary Exhibitions including Mt Waverley, Camberwell, Yea, Parade, Warrandyte, Alexandra Bacchus Marsh and Box Hill.
He is the Victorian Vice President of the Australian Society of Maritime Artists and a past Treasurer of VAS. He is a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and a former member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.
ANL Best Traditional Painting Award in 2010 and 2016.
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