Based in the UK, Julian paints the landscape, coastline and urban areas in a style recently described as ‘contemporary realism’.
Julian studied illustration and printmaking at Eastbourne College of Art for 4 years (latterly under master printmaker Robert Tavener) before embarking on a career in graphic design and illustration.
Since 2004, when he had 2 paintings purchased by the House of Lords to complement an existing collection of period travel paintings, he has been painting and exhibiting in the UK and throughout Europe. In 2008 Julian began a year long project painting Sussex landscapes – Sussex 365 (A year in the life) which culminated in an exhibition in 2010 of 200 of these paintings at Glyndebourne.
“I love the enforced discipline and focus of creating a daily painting” says Julian. “It is particularly suited to the work I have made at Glyndebourne.”
He returned the following year creating a ‘daily painting’ throughout the Glyndebourne season reflecting on the changing weather, flora, buildings and visitors.
In the following year, 2012,his focus for the paintings was ‘behind the scenes’ where he portrayed performers, costume makers, stage personnel as well as actual performances. Julian returned to his daily painting in 2013, to great acclaim, and once again in 2014 he is exhibiting in the Stalls Gallery.
Julian has also had work exhibited for the past 2 years in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition.
Watch this mini feature about Julian filmed at Glyndebourne in July 2011:
For further information about Julian and his work, visit www.juliansutherlandbeatson.co.uk