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JULIA CLARE SAGIAS

Julia is a fine artist and designer based in Glasgow. She studied History of Art at the University of Glasgow, achieving a first-class honours degree and a Masters in Design (with distinction) from The Glasgow School of Art. Julia is sensitive to the natural and decorative environment around her and deeply inspired by nature and the polychromy and multi-layered intricacies found therein. She is interested in creating interpretations of light, colour and movement from natural phenomenon such as the sun breaking or storms approaching.

Julia has been working as a professional artist and designer (of wallpapers and textile) since 2018 and has taken part in numerous art exhibitions in Glasgow such as The Beaton Fine Art Exhibition in 2019 for which she was a finalist. She has sold works at private galleries, at exhibitions and by commission.

The focus of Julia’s paintings is sky, seascapes and cloud studies with a detailed emphasis on the glowing effects of the weather, colour and light conditions. Some of her paintings are sweeping, expressive and almost abstract, others more literal. Using a golden backdrop, Julia is able to create a striking contrast between the colours of the sky and clouds and this illuminating background.

The beautiful effects of gold have been appreciated by both fine and decorative artists since ancient times, in Byzantine art, throughout the renaissance and also, famously, by Klimpt. Painting allows Julia to seek a place of pure creative expression, peace and contentment. The sky is to her a subliminal subject;

“I seek to create an uplifting and calming experience through my work. When we study the natural, I believe we can create a place or a vision full of peace and tranquillity. Clouds in particular carry a unique and ever-changing beauty, rhythm, energy and atmosphere. Painting them and experiencing the present moment of doing so is a restorative and fulfilling process”

The undulating form is Julia’s work is painted in oil medium with layers of glaze to create clarity and atmospheric effect; blending and contrasting to achieve chromatic harmony.
Julia also creates artwork for the interior space and takes commissions for hand-painted furniture, murals, art restoration projects, gilding and decorative effects as well as interior design.

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