Lot 75 - Julie-Ann Simpson - Release
Lot 75 - Julie-Ann Simpson - Release

Lot 75 - Julie-Ann Simpson - Release

Gouache, Pencil and Pen on Paper

Julie-Ann Simpson is a painter from Aberdeen, currently based in Glasgow. Since graduating from Gray’s School of Art in 2014, she returned to the painting department in a teaching role and also worked at Grampian Hospitals Art Trust before relocating to Glasgow. She is a previous recipient of the Visual Arts and Craft Makers Awards, Hope Scott Trust Award and RSA Guthrie Award and Medal for painting both in 2014 and 2019. She is an elected professional member of Visual Arts Scotland. 
As a painter, Julie-Ann Simpson is interested in the porous boundaries between interior and exterior spaces, dreams and reality. The paintings sit in that transitional place, often beginning as representations, but eventually seem to slip into ambiguous afterimages. Simpson’s latest body of work considers our interrelationship with the natural world bringing together ideas of imagination, ritual, memory, pleasure and language 


2010 – 2014 - Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University. Aberdeen. BA (Hons) Painting 

2021 - ‘Green Fires’, The Violet Hour. Selected group show. 
‘Tilted’, Wilder Gallery with Purslane, London. Selected group show. 
2020 - ‘Original | Paper’, Wilder Gallery, London. Selected group show. 
‘F L O W’, Visual Arts Scotland Members’ Exhibition. Selected group show. 
the tales we tell ourselves’, Purslane. Selected group show. 
‘On The Strangest Sea’, The Violet Hour. Selected group show. 
‘Works on Paper 2’, Blue Shop Cottage, London. Selected group show. 
‘A Dream Is Not A Dream’, Purslane. Selected group show. 
Borders Art Fair, Kelso. Invited artist. 
Studio Exhibition, Rogart Street Campus, Glasgow. Group show. 
‘20 Artists’, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow. Selected group show. 
‘Little Originals’, Dock Street Studios, Dundee. Selected group show. 
‘RSA Annual Exhibition’, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Selected group show. 
‘Where the Wild Thyme Grows’, The Jam Factory, Oxford. Three-person show. 
Open Contemporary Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. Selected group show. 
‘ALIGHT’, Visual Arts Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Selected group show. 
‘What The Water Tells/はしご湯’, Takasagoyu Bathhouse, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan. Group show. 
Painting Exhibition with Matt Forsythe, Petit a Petit General Store, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan. Joint show. 
‘Current’, Visual Arts Scotland, Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay. Selected group show. 

Awards & Residences 
2019 - RSA Guthrie Award and Medal, Open Contemporary Young Artist Award, shortlist. 
2018 - Artist in Residence Yamanashi (AIR-Y), Kofu, Japan 
2017 - Sketch 2017 Prize; shortlist 
2016 - Visual Arts and Craft Makers Awards, Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland 
Hope Scott Trust Award 

Contemporary British Painting Prize; longlist 
Graduate in Residence, Painting Department, Gray’s School of Art 
2014 - RSA Guthrie Award and Medal, Aberdeen Asset Management Purchase Prize 
2013 - Joseph Steele Cornwall Legacy 

Gallery Representation 

Represented online by New Blood Art where she forms part of their 'Masters' section. Works frequently with Purslane and also Art for Charity Collective.  


About the postcard artworks 

These works are more intimate in scale, both in the postcard format but also in the close-up, cropped perspective of the images themselves which I feel complements the subject matter well. 
They speak to a tenderness and resilience, nurtured like a plant, which resides inside all women.