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JULIA GURNEY

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, Julia has worked with a range of different media and subjects, including portraits and cityscapes. On moving to Helensburgh in 1991 it was the beauty of the West Coast of Scotland which caught her imagination, motivating her to develop a way of capturing the effect, in watercolour, of the ever-changing light and moods resulting from the varying weather conditions.

She finds the stimulus of painting a particular place important. First-hand experience, ensuring direct contact with nature, is a discipline which she imposes rigorously on her work.

Over the years, Julia has enjoyed the challenge of Life Drawing and recently has been the organiser of the Life Class for Helensburgh Art Club and held the post of Programme Secretary.

Julia studied at the Bath Academy of Art (BA Hons Fine Art) and achieved an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 1980. This was followed by a period at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She is a member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists and The Paisley Art Institute.

Notable exhibitions have been the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (1981-89) in London, the John Player Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (1984) and the British Watercolour Exhibition at London’s Bankside Gallery (1984 -1989).

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