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Julia Poulton is a contemporary abstract oil painter based in North Yorkshire, UK.  Her work expresses emotional connection through an intuitive practice. 


By letting go of conscious thoughts and intentions, Julia tunes into her emotions to  create evocative paintings full of depth and feeling. Trusting the process and embracing the unknown are central to her practice.   


'Painting allows me to find a connection with myself and express from a place of authenticity.  By immersing myself in this process and painting intuitively I find a sense of calm and equilibrium, which is often reflected in the finished artwork.' 

Interested in the connective experience that occurs between herself, her work and the viewer, Julia observes that as her emotions are expressed and reflected outwards from the painting the viewer resonates with this but ultimately find their own personal connection with the artwork in a way that is meaningful to them.



B. 1970  Wakefield

Julia works from her studio in North Yorkshire, UK. She received a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at the University of East London in 1994, following which she returned to Yorkshire and after various jobs, overseas travel and raising a family, she pursues her career as painter.  


Julia's work is held in private collections across the UK and abroad and she is represented by a selection of UK galleries.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Spring Exhibition, First White Cloth Hall Leeds, May-Jun 2024

  • Winter Exhibition, Saltaire Art Gallery Jan-Apr 2024

  • Tarpey Gallery Open Exhibition July-Aug 2023

  • Mercer Open Exhibition, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Sept 2022 - Jan 2023

  • Journeys Through Colour, Whitehouse Gallery, Scotland Mar – April 2022

  • Summer Exhibition, The Old School Gallery, Northumberland – Jun – Aug 2021

  • Interpretations of Landscape, Highgate Contemporary London - Feb 2021

  • Winter Exhibition Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Jan – April 2019

  • Art & Contemporary Art Fair York Oct 2018

  • ‘Smash: Visual Art Regrooved’ According to McGee York Oct - Dec 2018

  • ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition – Blue Tree Gallery, York Mar-Jun 2018

  • Winter Exhibition Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Jan-Mar 2018

  • Harrogate Open Exhibition – Mercer Gallery Jun-Sept 2017

  • North Yorkshire Open Studios June 2017

  • Spring into Summer, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate May 2017

  • New Beginnings, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Oct 2016

  • Platform Open Exhibition – Morphets of Harrogate 14 – 17 July 2016

  • HIVE Arts Expo – Harrogate International Centre – Nov 2015

  • Platform Open Exhibition – Morphets of Harrogate - Oct 2015

  • Great North Art Show 2015 - Ripon Cathedral, 28 Aug – 20 Sept 2015

  • Group Exhibition - Number Six Gallery, Pateley Bridge, Aug 2015

  • Harrogate Open Exhibition - Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, July – Nov 2015

  • North Yorkshire Open Studios June 2014


  • ‘Highly Commended’ Award at Harrogate Open Exhibition 2017, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate for ‘Those Days’ Oil on canvas

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