Julia Poulton




I am an abstract expressive artist, interpreting landscape and emotion through bold intuitive painting.  I have always felt a strong affinity with nature, and whilst this has been 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, I love to push the boundaries of colour and tone, creating contrast and depth, together with using a variety of tools and mediums to create exciting textures and surfaces, into which I will draw, scrape, scratch, and apply energetic layers of paint.  




Originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, I have lived in Harrogate for many years, where I practice from my studio.  I completed a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at the University of East London in 1994, following which I returned to my roots in Yorkshire and after various jobs, overseas travel and raising a family, I now pursue my career as a painter.  


In the last few years I have exhibited widely, including North Yorkshire Open Studios, The Great North Art Show and the Harrogate Open Exhibition at the Mercer Gallery, where in 2017 I received the ‘highly commended’ award for my painting ‘Those Days’.  I currently have paintings in several galleries, including Silson Contemporary in Harrogate and According to McGee in York.

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'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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