Julie Poulsen

Julie Poulsen’s instinctive creativity, curiosity and feel for colour and composition were informed by a diversity of environments in her formative years.  From the wilds of Papua New Guinea to the bustle of the Gold Coast and from traditional Toowoomba and the United Kingdom to frontier Cooktown, Julie’s travels have fed her natural tendency towards discovery and experimentation.

Born and later educated in Brisbane Julie spent a year with her family in Cooktown in 1977 before moving to Toowoomba to embark on a Diploma of Creative Arts.  At the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, in an era exemplified by non-directed arts study and limited formal tuition, Julie formulated a mindset of investigation which would characterise her future art practice.

From the 1980 to 2007Julie alternated themes from the very early works painted with raw fervour, multiple layers of child-like images reflecting her children’s drawings, through to the tongue in cheek Décor Sermon  50 continuous metres of artwork 148cms high covering the walls of the Loft Art Space Cairns Regional Gallery.

Since 2008 landscapes have remained a common theme, sightseen interpretations of Far North Queensland. A Residency at the Art Vault Mildura in 2015 and visits to the Pink Lakes and the local Kings Billabong meant an alternative palette and fresh content.

Since 2007 Julie has presented solo shows regularly interstate in Sydney at the Depot Gallery and last year as invited artist with Art Atrium at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair. In 2014 Julie exhibited in Melbourne at both fortyfivedownstairsgallery and Anita Traverso Gallery.

Recent group exhibitions include Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and ARTNOW FNQ at Cairns Regional Gallery curated by Jason Smith, curatorial manager QAGOMA.

Finalist in various awards including Heysen Prize for interpretation of Place receiving a special judge’s commendation, Paddington Art Prize judged by John Firth Smith, Rio Tinto & Martin Hanson Award judged by Nick Mitzevich, Sheraton Mirage Art Prize judged by Susan McCulloch and  Ray Crooke, and the Fleurieu Peninsular Art Prize judged by  Ron Radford, Rick Amor, Sarah Thomas as well as the Fleurieu Peninsular The Art of Food and Wine Prize.

2017 presents as an exciting multifaceted year; the Hong Kong Art Fair in March, The Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in September, while in between exhibiting in a curated figurative show with a group of Melbourne based artists in various venues.