As a shy child I could always be found digging in the dirt in my grandmothers garden, hidden amongst my beloved plants and flowers. I also loved the colouring books in which you added water to a seemingly blank page and colours and images would appear as if by magic. Its a technique I still use today, especially with my inks and watercolours, drawing first with clear water then dropping colour onto the page to see what appears.
I entered Bolton School of Art aged just 13, Art was a way to make my voice heard. After leaving school I studied floristry and had a brief career as a textile designer which gave me a love of pattern, colour and light found within plants and flowers.
I look for the connections between my experiences whilst in nature and how they relate to me as a woman and my place in the world. The initial meaning of an experience may not reveal itself and remain hidden for some time, perhaps until an oil painting is complete and its true significance is unearthed.
The resulting paintings are therefore a mix of a factual record of a moment in time and an emotional response to being in a particular place. It is in the shift between what is remembered and imagined that the works take shape, a dichotomy of fragility and preservation.
Julie Moss lives and works in Cornwall and studied Fine Art at Falmouth University. A finalist in the Windsor and Newton painting prize and John Ruskin Prize her recent work was selected for stage 2 of the John Moore’s prize, and she has been selected several times for the RWA exhibition in Bristol. Julie is an active member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.
Previously Julie grew up in Lancashire and attended Bolton school of Art in 1973 -76, after training to become a florist and working as a textile designer she moved to Cornwall to raise her family. Julie’s work has been exhibited in the 2019 Venice Biennale and recently the Royal Academy summer exhibition, and is held in private collections including the Gallery of Modern Art in Malaysia.
2012-2015 /2018 Turps banana correspondence course 2006-2011 B.A. Hons. Fine Art University College Falmouth 1973-1976 Bolton School of Art
Publications and prizes
Fresh Paint magazine Feb 2016 / Oct. 2016 Turps Banana issue 14 2014 Finalist John Ruskin prize Holden Gallery 2019 Pre selected John Moores prize 2018 Finalist Windsor and Newton painting prize Griffin Gallery London Finalist in Tribe prize, Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath
2020 RA Summer Exhibition London Oct 6th -jan 3rd
2020 NSA Edge of Dark Tremenheere Gallery Cornwall Oct10-Nov 1st
2020 Huss hotel Gstaad Switzerland
2019 Daiichi Gallery of Modern Art Penang, Malaysia 2019 shortlisted John Ruskin prize ‘Agent of change’ Holden Gallery
2019 Woman’s Essence Palazzo Ca Zenobio Venice collateral event 58th Biennale Di Venezia
2018 166 Annual exhibition Royal West of England Academy 2009, 2011, 2016, 2018
2018 On view Newlyn Society of Artists Tremenheere Gallery
2018 Artsy Alessandro Berni gallery New York
2018 John Moore's prize stage 2 Walker Art Gallery Liverpool
2017 Sketch open Rabley Drawing Centre sketch book on tour at various venues
2017 Arusha Gallery. AFF Hampstead
2016 Correspond Rye Creative centre Rye Sussex
2016 Spectrum Herrick Gallery Mayfair London
2015 Griffin Open, Griffin Gallery London
2015 Newlyn Society of Artists Penwith Gallery St Ives
2015 Winter Exhibition Hadfield Fine Art
2014 New Horizons Porthminster Gallery St Ives
2014 Correspond Turps Banana Group show London
2104 The Tribe Prize Edgar Modern Gallery Bath
2013 Cloud Chamber, Turps Banana group show - Mayors Parlour Gallery, London
2013/2014 Autumn Exhibition Hadfield Fine Art, Cheltenham
2011 University College Falmouth Degree Show
2011 Print! Newlyn Society of Artists, Exchange Gallery - Penzance