Contributor: Julia Heslop

Creative Discipline: Fine Art Painting

Location: Newcastle, England


Having recently graduated from Painting at the Glasgow School of Art Julia now lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne as an artist and as a guest tutor. She is currently involved in the Glasgow Collective a group of 39 recent graduates from Glasgow who had their inaugural exhibition at Shoreditch Town Hall in London.

Through the medium of paint Julia deals with the history of urban change, referencing the legacy of de-industrialisation and its effect on the socio-cultural psyche of post-modern Britain. Consequently, there is a sense of loss within the paintings; a negativity that exists through the lack of nostalgia.

Through utilising paint in a rather loose manner she can play upon the more surreal elements inherent within her work; the bleak landscapes the viewer observes are vast swathes of land broken up by great hulks of industrial matter and, subsequently, it is through this approach that the paintings are able to connect realism, in a documentary-style manner with a more symbolist element.

Breaking Ships I. Oil on Board.

The Recognition of an Ending. Oil on Board.

Progress. Oil on Board.


Installation shot from London’s infamous basement gallery, The Shoreditch Town Hall:

Where this great man has also exhibited:

Nigredo, Anselm Kiefer 1984,

Oil, acrylic, emulsion, shellac, and straw on photograph, mounted on canvas, with woodcut.


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