‘Cut across the barren burnt out farmland patches of man’s landscape assimilation are ever present. We are all immerse in our daily lives so from this perspective the assimilation is less noticeable however when observed from above it presents as formidable biotic patterning.’
Julian has been practicing art since winning his first art award in 1988, purchasing his first set of ‘oils’ with the prize money. After completing his Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1995, he dabbled in children’s book illustration, then moved into graphic design, establishing his own design studio. He is now focused on his art practice and its integration with his passion for sustainability. Julian has exhibited in 40+ community and group shows and has sold over 40 works which are represented in various national and international private collections including the Latrobe University Alumni and private collections in France and the US.
Julian’s art practice primarily revolves around the landscape – however he’d never class himself as a landscape artist. As former graphic designer, Julian integrated his digital design skills with his traditional painting background to produce a collection of digital paintings, adapting traditional painting techniques to a technological environment. Over the last 18 months Julian has been afforded the freedom to once again pick up the paints and produce acrylic works on paper and canvas.
In 2010 Julian studied and worked as a permaculture designer, this respect of the land and its systems is reflect in his artistic practice. His work focuses on distilling the landscape down to its essential elements, removing the clutter which distracts the core principle at play – in this case, land degradation and exploitation. ‘Cut across a barren burnt out landscape patches of man’s landscape assimilation are ever present. From the ground this is less noticeable however when observed from above it presents as formidable biotic patterning.’ Julian’s work is created through the integrated layering of colour and structural elements, much the same as our own physical landscape. Over time, as each layer becomes hidden, small elements of the landscape are revealed.