River Trail’ graphite and oil on linen, 33 x 45 cms 2016-17.
“My artworks are based on elements in the landscape - a land formation, moss on a tree bark, a rock on a shoreline - and I work with their structure and form. In some artworks I’m simplifying the landscape by looking at the origins of its form and other works are built up in layers into a linear composition. They combine journeys made in nature as seen on walks with inner journeys and are made from pencil drawings with oil, ink, gouache or aquarelle.”
Julia Davenne studied at St Martins School of Art and at the Royal Academy of Arts, Schools, London, for a post graduate diploma in painting, where she focused on composition, graduating in 1994. She later gained a research scholarship to Trondheim Academy of Arts + Technology, Norway. The panel felt she was painting Norway already, having not yet been there, as her works were white, grey and structural. Julia lived in Norway for 5 years focusing on drawing, and lived in the arctic region of Tromsø for one year. She found the space, structure and physical environment very influential.
Since returning to England Julia has worked at Yeovil College and now runs an Art and Design short course at Chelsea School of Art, UAL. She works in her studio in New Cross, London and also, since 2014, in a studio she set up on the West Coast of Ireland in Co. Kerry.