Addingham artist, Julia Keates, trained originally as an illustrator and worked freelance for both the BBC and Yorkshire Television, then trained and worked as an art teacher. She was head of the art department at Leeds Girls High School for many years before returning to freelance artwork again.
Julia works with oils, acrylics and mixed media on canvas. She has written that 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. [My] most recent work explores layering of the organic shapes, light effects and textures discovered in landscape.
Julia accepts commissions and her work has been exhibited regionally at the Holmfirth Art Week, Ilkley Art Show, and Ilkley Art Trail. She won the Howard Asher Colour Prize at Holmfirth Art Week, 2018 for her triptych, ‘Thought Process’ (see image below).
Artist’s Website: Julia Keates