Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Julie Roberts

This is a painting of Jean Cocteau on his deathbed. The artist is Julie Roberts who is originally from Fflint. She studied at Wrexham School of Art, St Martin’s, and Glasgow School of Art. Her distinctive work is always worth keeping an eye out for. I can recall some interesting wallpaper she designed featuring sculptress Barbara Hepworth, for instance. She also sketched Jack the Ripper’s mutilated victims using original police photos as her starting point. Her successful exhibition, Child, consisted of an unsettling collection of drawings and paintings of children under duress. It was influenced, in part, by her own experiences growing up in children’s homes and foster care. Her works can be found in galleries everywhere from Washington DC to the Tate.