I am a Naive Artist with a broad repertoire of styles (joolee).
My qualifications include an Honours Degree in Life Science; an Arts Degree in Philosophy; and a Diploma of Disability. So, even though I have been practicing art all my life (this was my best subject in Junior High School), I have no formal qualifications in Art.
Pieces of my work have been called Naïve, Kitsch, and Quirky. But more recently I have been called a Naïve Master. To like what I do, you must understand nothing I do is simple.
My early work was very conceptual and abstract. At that stage I worked mainly in ink. I did not take up painting until 2001. At that stage I was just trying to fit in.
Since then I have had private drawing lessons with Karen Armstrong from Inka, and more recently have made the transition back to a conceptual style of expression, this time in paint.
At the recommendation of Corinne Costello (who I hope to have oil painting lessons with one day), I have been keeping a Conceptual Journal, and this has provided me with lots of material to work with. I am very happy with the result.
I started exhibiting in 2002.
I am an ongoing financial member of the ‘Huon Art Exhibition Group’ (HAEG), and exhibit regularly in our ‘Southern Exposure’ exhibition and ‘Watermark’ competition, which are held on alternating years, at Cygnet.
I also exhibit at annual exhibitions of the Kingborough Lions Club; Artery ‘Seniors Art Exhibition’ at the Royal Hobart Show; Rotary ‘Art Exhibition’ at Wrest Point Casino; and Optomeyes Hobart City Mission ‘Art Show’ in the Long Gallery, Salamanca.
In 2013 made my debut in the ‘Overload’ Art Exhibition for Haemochromotosis Awareness, and the Menzie’s Institute’s ‘Art of Christmas’ exhibition.
I gain inspiration, and encouragement from visiting art galleries, and talking to other artists.
Artists I admire, along with my teachers, are Chen Ping, Katherine Cooper, Rachel Ireland-Meyers, and Bobby-z Lambert.
My favorite Hobart gallery is the ‘Colville Gallery’, at Salamanca. I also follow exhibitions at the Despard Gallery at Salamanca, ‘The Nolan Gallery’ Salamanca, the ‘Art Mob’ at Old Wharf, and the ‘Inka Gallery’ at Salamanca. I think ‘MONA’ is awesome. I get my works framed by Colin at ‘The Picture Gallery’ in Derwent Park.
Lots more examples of my work are displayed (and available for sale) on my REDBUBBLE site.
Julie Diana Lawless may be contacted at email@example.com or 0478598012