Julia Sutton is an East Anglian artist, who has spent much of her life working in continental Europe. After a musical training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a harpsichordist, she established herself as a harpsichord decorator, working in Belgium, Holland and Germany, before commencing her own painting in 1982. After studies at St Martin's School of Art, she went to Paris where her work was discovered and presented by the critic Jaques Bouzerand, in the forum 'L'art de Ia Critique'.
The craftsmanship of the artist/decorator and the awareness of international art trends gained over a decade in Paris, inform her art, which is rooted in a childhood spent in the fishing port of Lowestoft, Suffolk. This exhibition contains some of Julia's most-recent work; paintings, prints and mixed media assemblage, completed in her studio overlooking Lowestoft Harbour.
Images deconstruct within images, hang precariously from the landscape, like cranes over a harbour, reconstructing in the powerful relationship between all the elements within each canvas, It is an audacious journey, where conflicting and complimentary media are fused together through rich associations - the harbour and sea as music and vice versa, visually given life, purveying whirlwinds and pools of emotion and spirit.
Julia Sutton's harbour transgresses its own reality and is remade and reworked in the helter skelter of thought and action, fascinated and uplifted by surfaces (celebrating light on water), but journeying deeper to where discord breaks through. It is this discord of method, materials, colour, scale and translucence which gives these paintings their vigour and harmony.
A chance to see the East Anglian coastline through new eyes.
1982 St.Martin's School of Art, London
1977 Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London: Postgraduate Studies in Early Music (harpsichord)
1972-1975 Institute C.J.Jung, Zurich, Switzerland (to propaedeuticum)
1968-1973 BAin Psychology & Sociology, Brunnel University, London
2002 Solo Exhibition. Frames Gallery Norwich
Toucan Gallery Beccles
2000 Solo exhibition: Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk
1999 Solo exhibition: Swan House Gallery, Beccles, Suffolk; Heifer Gallery, London
1999 Mixed shows: Kings of Hearts Gallery, Norwich; The Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk; Bircham Contemporary Art, Holt, Norfolk
1998 Solo exhibition: Contact Gallery, Norwich
1998 Mixed shows: Wrentham Studios Gallery, Suffolk; Dennis Taplin Gallery, Woodbridge, Suffolk
1998 Solo exhibition: (paintings): Durham Art Gallery & DLI Museum, Durham; Arts Centre Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk
1993 Group exhibition (drawing): "Juin-la-Celle-St.Cloud", Paris
1992 Group exhibiiton, "Horizons Jeunesse", presented by "Le Point" magazine: Grand Palais, Paris
1991 Group exhibition. L'Art de la Critique", presented by critic Jacques Bouzerand: Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Grand Palais, Paris
1991 Touring exhibition. "20 sur 20" "jeunne Peinture", Grand Palais, Paris, "Decouverte 9" Grand Palais , Paris: "Detour 91", Agora Billere; Gallery Quatre Coins, Roanne; Centres culterels francais. West Africa.
1991 Solo exhibition: "Leiux de Momorie" Genie de la Bastille
1991 Group exhibition (drawings), "British Art in Albi": Impact Gallery, Albi, France
1990 Group exhibition (drawings), "British Art in Albi": Impact Gallery, Albi France
1987 Solo exhibition: (pastels): Gallery Etienne de Causans, Paris
1987 Group exhibition (pastels): Gallery Septentrion. Marcq-en-Baroeul, France
1986 Solo exhibition: Somerville College, Oxford: Upstairs Gallery, Oxford
1985 Group exhibition: Contemporary Portrait Society, Bloomsbury Gallery, London
1983 Group exhibition: (drawings), "5 Artists from Oxford": Christchurch Picture Gallery, Oxford
Work in Public Collections:
Somerville College, Oxford: Oxford Health Authority
International Women's Art Diary 1993 (reproduction): "Horizons Jeunesse", Catalogue 1992 (text J.Bouerand):
"L'Art de la Critique", Jeunne Peinture 1991 (text J.Bouerand)
Arts Council England 2003 Grants for Artists Award
Oppenheim - John Downes Memorial Award, 1985 and 1986