Julia Poulton is an abstract expressive artist, interpreting landscape and emotion through bold intuitive painting.  'I have always felt a strong affinity with nature, and whilst this is an enduring source of inspiration for my work, the urge to focus on process and use paint to express my 'internal' world, has latterly become intrinsic to my practice.  


'A spontaneous approach in the studio allows me to create fluid and abstract compositions, where self-expression dominates and something unexpected may emerge. A sense of landscape or figures may be apparent through this process, however this is left open to the imagination of the viewer, who I hope will find their own resonance within my paintings. For me each painting represents an ‘in the moment’ emotional response, and the finished painting becomes a visual memory of that moment.'


Mainly working in oils on canvas or board, Julia loves to push the boundaries of colour and tone, creating contrast and depth, using a variety of tools and mediums to create exciting textures and surfaces, into which she will draw, scrape, scratch, and apply energetic layers of paint.  


Originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Julia has lived in Harrogate for many years, where she practices from her studio. 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 now pursues her career as a full time painter.  


Julia's work is held in private collections across the UK and abroad and she is represented by a selection of galleries, including Silson Contemporary and According to McGee.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Winter Exhibition Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Jan – April 2019

  • Art & Contemporary Art Fair York Oct 2018

  • ‘Rural Textures’ Studio Vault Settle Sept – Dec 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

  • Group exhibition, Shine Art Gallery, Harehills Leeds Sept 2017-Jan 2018

  • Harrogate Open Exhibition – Mercer Gallery Jun-Sept 2017

  • Summer Exhibition – Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke Jun-Aug

  • North Yorkshire Open Studios June 2017

  • Spring into Summer, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate May 2017

  • In with the New, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Jan 2017

  • New Beginnings, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate Oct 2016

  • Art for Youth North, York 19 – 22 Oct 2016

  • Art in the Pen, Thirsk 23 – 24 July 2016

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

  • Artspace Exhibition, Harrogate 30 Apr- 1 May 2016

  • St Michaels Hospice Exhibition, Harrogate 8 – 13 Mar 2016

  • HIVE Arts Expo – Harrogate International Centre – Nov 2015

  • Art on West Park – pop up exhibition, Harrogate – 10 Nov – 15 Dec 2015

  • Platform Open Exhibition – Morphets of Harrogate - Oct 2015

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

  • The Forest Garden' Group Exhibition - Number Six Gallery, Pateley Bridge, 21 Aug – 31 Aug 2015

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

  • Art for Youth North, Oct 2014 - Queen Mary's School, Topcliffe York

  • North Yorkshire Open Studios June 2014

'The process of letting go and embracing the unknown is what excites me most in my practice. Each painting brings something new'

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