2016 Art Trail
Julia Keates is a versatile artist. Trained originally as an illustrator, she began by free-lancing for the BBC and for Yorkshire Television but soon felt inspired to teach, running the Art Department at Leeds Girls High School for many fruitful years. She now works from her studio in the nearby village of Addingham.
Working in oil, acrylic and mixed media, on canvas, and on a variety of scales, her paintings form a visual series – each piece of work relates to the other – each location – every experience – adds to and builds on what went before. Her work evokes the vitality of a particular moment, as it left its fleeting impression at the time.
Her preoccupation is colour – inspiration is location- and surfaces intrigue – Locations are explored through vigorous and perceptive analyses – via drawing, colour research, and experiments with composition and texture – with results often formalised, to further an infinite variety of creative outcomes. Her most recent work explores layering – of the organic shapes, light effects and textures discovered in landscape, often with layered, hand-written passages.
She regularly accepts commissions, and her work may be viewed at www.juliakeates.com