Julia Suddaby


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Artist's StatementI do a lot of drawing - I used to fill sketchbooks with drawings from the real outside world, but in recent years I have copied from vintage photographs of people posing slightly awkwardly in American cities from the mid twentieth century. As I draw, I feel I am actually having the experience of knowing these people. It is a very empathetic process.

I grew up in Canada but have made East Anglia my home for over thirty years, and I love it very much. Oddly though, I don't think the countryside here, which I spend many many hours walking and exploring in, shows up in my paintings. Instead, the landscapes of my pictures are landscapes of the mind, of dreams, and I often feel they are somehow related to my teenage love of the books of Ray Bradbury and other science fiction writers.

I love a horizon, and particularly one of hills or mountains in the distance. Even in a painting of an interior, there is often a view through a window. The people in my paintings seem enigmatic, lost in thought. And many of the pictures have an atmosphere reminiscent of a dream.

I did an art foundation year at Camberwell School of Art in 1975. The painter Sargy Mann was my personal tutor that year - how extremely lucky I was! I loved the course, but my life at that time took me away to California for a few years, and I didn't complete my degree until 2001, when I did a BA in Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.

Some artists I love are Rothko, Diebenkorn, Morandi, Georges de la Tour, Chardin, and Carpaccio, to name a few special ones.

Art StyleImpressionistic, Representational, Illustrative

Art SubjectsPortrait, Figurative, Imaginary

Art Materialsacrylic, gouache, paper

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