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Julia Brooker exhibition at Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff UK

“Seeing Jason Martin’s painting ‘Crespo’ at the Lisson Gallery in London was a major turning point. I  was immediately seduced by the delicacy of the translucent colour and the way light reflected off the aluminium. In ten minutes I had jettisoned oil paint, and the next week I had bought my first aluminium panel. It took me weeks to work out how to stop the paint rolling off the shiny metal. I wouldn’t give up.

More than 20 years later, the reflection of light remains a fascination. Earlier paintings were often about the instant appeal of saturated, jewel like colour. More recently I have used the surface in more subtle layering of graphite and veils of paint.

My latest work is on paper, combining colour pattern & shape with my drawings, lino cuts & screen prints cut & torn to make new unique compositions."

 

Read about Julia’s dissertation on ‘Beauty colour & decoration’