“When the paint is dry my work is just beginning”.
I create paintings without brushes using paint that has dried before I manipulate it. I borrow techniques from sculpture, collage, and textiles, in order to exploit the inherent flexibility in the dried material. I am interested in creating works that shift across boundaries not quite belonging to any single genre.
My intricately detailed creations involve many hours of meticulous cutting and layering. Through them I subtly explore themes of instability, invisibility, and freedom. My background of repeated international moves has informed this desire to deconstruct and reinvent my work. Continually breaking ties and beginning again is instrumental in the way in which I handle the paint.
Ideally, I aim to generate conversation about the nature of painting and to present a different way in which to view it.
Born in the UK, Julee settled in Australia in 2005 after spending the previous 17 years moving internationally many times. Her life has been a patchwork of cultures. This plays out in her desire to deconstruct her work.
Julee has been a full-time artist for many years achieving international recognition for her work in both painting and sculptural mosaic art as well as her authorship of the book Sculptural Secrets for Mosaic (Schiffer Publishing, USA). Although she no longer creates mosaic art the influences of the techniques involved can clearly be seen in her paintings.
Julee has exhibited widely and has been selected as a Finalist for a number of prestigious Australian Art Prizes. Her artworks are held in private collections worldwide.
Julee holds a Bachelor of Fine Art with majors in Painting and Sculpture, from Curtin University, Perth.
Julee currently lives and works in Melbourne.