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Avalon Beach, NSW
Julie Nicholson is an artist living and working in Avalon Beach in Sydney. Nicholson won first prize in painting at the Ewart Art Prize 2021, is a finalist in the Northern Beaches Environmental Art Award 2021 and Semi-finalist in the 2021 KAAF Art Award. She also co-hosts the popular arts podcast, Art W**k.
Growing up in the lush English countryside, the visions of rolling hillsides and family memories often find their way into my work. ‘My paintings are simply from the inside looking out, questioning where home is and what it means’. I am also inspired by the rhythms and patterns that run through the fabric of nature, connecting humans to everything in our environment. To me, these patterns in nature disclose the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Within my paintings, the composition is filled with layers; three-quarters of the original canvas remaining with paint scraped back, revealing narratives beneath. I relate this to solving a puzzle, putting the pieces back together, a process unfolds of complexing layering patterns – chucking paint on a canvas, controlling it, and then making texture and form. Using acrylic paint and thin glazes; the active, vibrant paintings contain layering washes, scraping back paint, oil crayon and oil stick – hiding components of the first layer and revealing new.