Julia Chance Artist Bio
Julia completed a Foundation Course in Art and Design in 1984 and then went on to qualify as an Architect in London. She worked in architectural practices in London, Sydney and Munich and after many years of practising, teaching and writing about architecture, she moved to the North West in 2001 and began painting again.
Buildings and cityscapes influence one strand of her work. Rather than trying to compete with the camera to reproduce a particular image of a scene or an experience, the intention has been to respond to the opportunities offered by the paint while she works. The process is a to-ing and fro-ing between the desire to record an experience or image and the recognition of the possibilities that the qualities of the paint itself and the act of painting on a particular surface, present along the way.
In other works, the image viewed is less obvious and she engages more directly with the expressive potential of the paint, using texture, colour and gestural strokes to record responses to being in the landscape. The intention is that these works suggest rather than depict an experience and thereby leave an opening for the viewer to see and interpret the image in their own way, thus hopefully enabling a resonance with their own memories and experiences. The aim is that through this intuitive way of working, a possibility is opened up for the painting to take on a life of its own.
Julia has shown regularly at Open Studio events at Local Creation in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.