Julia Brooker paints on aluminium, seduced by the way it reflects light off its surface through veils of transparent colour.
I work solely on aluminium because I was seduced by the way it reflects light off its surface through veils of transparent colour. I revel in the sumptuousness of paint as it sits on the cool surface of the aluminium.For the last 12 years I have been driven in the attempt to make beautiful paintings. I want people to stop and look and for a moment, forget everything else.I want my paintings to grasp the viewer; but also to be quiet and subtle. I don’t want everything to be seen from a distance.When the viewer gets close I hope they will enjoy the tiny accidental droplets that fall, the ‘hand-madeness’ of the paintings. Closeness should offer up more, a desire to touch the surface, a stillness.The studio is my space and on good days, I play with paint. It is my theatre and I am the director. Sometimes I want the instant pleasure, the ‘quick hit’ of vivid jewel like colours; and then other days I want to make much more quiet, subtle, even melancholic paintings.At school I was moved by William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’. In my first year at Cheltenham art college I made paintings in pairs to express extremes: memories of bliss and hopelessness from my own experience. Repetitively experimenting, I tried to make the colours and the surface qualities express feelings. I felt I would have succeeded if another viewer could also sense those emotions.Before I became a painter, I studied ceramics and was drawn by those luscious crystalline glazed surfaces like sugar icing on coarse clay.I hope that my paintings are luscious to look at. People often want to touch my paintings to see how they feel, how they are made and this pleases me.
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