Julie Oldfield paintings
Travelling beyond the familiar.
Pushing and illustrating boundaries.
Landscapes and social interaction to the landscapes.
Influenced by travels around the world.
Mixed media paintings using canvas, board, metal sheets and materials from subject locations incorporating oxidising and weathering. This is an exhibition of mixed media landscapes, many on big sheets of copper using patination. “When art meets chemistry”. The development of images depends upon the random patterns that develop on the base material, through oxidization and natural weathering processes.
Julie’s unusual technique uses weathering processes on metal sheets, canvasses or board to develop her images. The random patterns of rust and oxidation on the metal surface are the starting points that inspire work such as autumnal woodlands, and she adds various mixed media to build her paintings. She often scrapes away materials to expose pure metal and copper, giving a depth and feeling that light is reflected from deep within the landscape, perhaps giving impressions of glistening seascapes.
Julie often leaves her canvasses and boards outside to weather as she works on them, letting nature have a hand in her art, giving each piece a unique character that cannot be duplicated. This natural process helps create the mood she wants to capture, sometimes with unintentional consequences.
Her images range in size from 6 x 6 cm mini squares to large-scale works of a square metre and beyond.
Visitors to the three-week exhibition can watch Julie create new work as she incorporates pastel, spray paints, soil, seawater and other materials into her pictures.
Open 10.30-4.30 daily, free admission