Born in Penang, Malaysia. I live and work in London.
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, London.
I draw with paint on canvas and wooden panels. Plants and flowers are often the starting point. I usually use oil paint.
My work is mostly based on found photographic images sourced from old wildlife, gardening and nature books that I have collected for many years. Botanical drawings, herbals, textiles and fashion also interest me.
The element of another time or history in the process is important. I hope to capture a sense of the past by seeing it through the act of painting the subject.
I focus on the image and interpret it. I hope this also pulls the viewer into the work. The scale varies from small, intimate detailed pieces, more complex patterns to larger pieces. Colour plays an important part in my work - It may be limited and reduced but balanced and flattened so that the paintings have a unified surface that recall fabric or wallpapers with less depth in them. In other works I am concerned with place and memory in a more spatial way, these have more "air" in them, so that the space is more open.
A grid-like woven quality can be found in the organic plant forms that I wish to mirror in the drawing and in/on the canvas that I use in my painting.
The Showroom. London.
Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London.
Kaleidoscope, Sturiale Contemporary Arts at the House of Culture, Smartno, Slovenia.
Peckham Platform Open Exhibition, London.
Pleasure & Beauty, Carnegie Library, London.
The Dulwich Festival, Artists' Open House, London.
Camberwell Arts Festival.
WUNDERKAMMER Eagle Gallery, EMH Arts, London.
155a a r t i s t s. s p a c e London.
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS: Origin Ltd. SacksMaguire Architects. A. Nelson & Co. Fidelity International.
All works © Julia Langley 2019 Portrait by In The Right Light Photography .