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Motion Sense by Julia Whitehead


Julia was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire in 1969. She studied Illustration & Printmaking at Cambridge.
The study of human crowds and moving figures is the main focus of Julia’s paintings. Using a variety of photographic reference material and her own imagination, Julia captures the spirit of society on the move.
Paintings, of whatever scale, start with a brightly coloured acrylic background onto the white canvas. The abstract nature of this background painting often dictates which direction the final painting will go and elements of the paint layers are left to show through the overpainting to varying degrees. Oil paint is built up over several layers, sometimes wet on wet, other times the oil is allowed to dry sufficiently to paint over, often resulting in a highly textured surface which creates shadows of its own.

The focus on these figure paintings originated with a fascination of the shadows cast by figures when viewed aerially. The beautiful shapes cast on pavements are generally hard to appreciate when life is moving all around but are mesmerising when freeze framed in a photograph. Equally, the patterns made by bodies moving in a crowd or seen from unusual angles, have an artistic quality of their own.
“I enter into a slightly meditative state when painting, especially with the more impressionistic figurative crowd scenes. As in life, each small figure takes on a characteristic of its own and has its own individual relationship to the figures that surround it. People seem to enjoy the paintings as they see something new in them each time they look at them.”
”We are familiar with the scenes of busy, crowded streets but don’t always see them from a different perspective or remove ourselves from the crowd to be able to stand and watch. The shapes, colours, shadows and dynamics of moving bodies whether seen individually or as a group, provide a never ending source of inspiration to me as an artist”

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100 × 150 cm