Julie Airey is a contemporary artist, working from her studios in the vibrant Northern seaside town of Lytham, Lancashire.
Her work is an exploration of process and the glorious physicality of painting – an interactive, agonistic, performance through which she creates to a strong aesthetic, both texturally and visibly tangible pieces, resulting in a deeply personal vision.
Issues of identity and the fragility of the human experience are central to her current practice and she works with the ambiguity of a semblance of figurative line on fine muslin, using paint and thread as metaphor through process, to convey a message of vulnerability.
The subtle layering within her work symbolically fragments the essence of figuration, whilst the stitched mark making can connote, at one, both cutting through and healing.
The fragility of her work is reinforced by its placement within acrylic or box frames, to denote ‘preciousness’ and reinforce ideas of human fallibility and our need for protection.
Working on a large scale, in muted tones and subtle textures, these contemporary pieces demand attention.
B.A. Hons First Class Fine Art and Professional Practice, Lancaster
2015 – Manchester Buy Art Fair, Old Granada Studios, Manchester
2015 – ‘Freshly Squeezed’ Old Granada Studios, Manchester
2015 – ‘No Vacancies’ University Centre, Blackpool
2016 – Manchester Buy Art Fair – Arusha Gallery www.arushagallery.com
2016 – Battersea Art Fair – Arusha Gallery www.arushagallery.com
2016 – Edinburgh Art Fair – Arusha Gallery www.arushagallery.com
2017 – London Art Fair – Arusha Gallery www.arushagallery.com
2017 – ‘The Amorist’, 10th-30th March, Arusha Gallery www.arushagallery.com