About

Biography

Born: Weymouth, Dorset, UK 1971

Julia Fry is an abstract Painter and currently lives in Brighton, Sussex. In addition to making art, she facilitates creativity as a Coach and Workshop Leader, and teaches people to climb at an indoor climbing centre.

Artist Statement

I am a self taught abstract painter. My process is intuitive and meditative. It often involves many layers of paint. I am interested in creating light and shadow using glazes, dots, lines and triangles. I start by following an intuitive urge, then reflecting on the effect by writing about it. Reflective writing forms part of the painting process throughout. I also set rules for myself that become iterative processes, leading to an image I could not have planned at the beginning. I break these rules when I have an intuitive urge to do so. I make my own canvases by stretching cotton over wooden bars and stapling it down. I often prime them with two coats of white paint, but sometimes I leave them unprimed, depending on the intuitive urge for each painting. I like to experiment with painting tools, and sometimes make my own from household objects. I like making repetitive marks and these often turn into themes that carry into the next painting, until I’m done with the theme. I sometimes make up stories about the relationships between marks I’ve made or they reflect something I’m processing psychologically. Either way, my painting process is fun or a useful way of expressing something mindfully.

Exhibitions and Workshops

2020 Feb Vision Board Wonder Workshop, Brighton
2019 Nov Dubuffet Mindful Art Workshop at Investec Wealth and Investment Bank, London
2019 Oct Mindful Movement for Climbers at High Sports, Brighton
2019 Aug Mindful Movement for Climbers at High Sports, Brighton
2019 Apr Wonderland Indoor Adventure Playground for Grown Ups at Funplex, Brighton
2019 Feb Wonderland Indoor Adventure Playground for Grown Ups at Funplex, Brighton
2018 Mind Game: overcoming irrational fear in climbing at Adur Centre, Shoreham
2018 Creating Healthy Food Habits at Vegfest, Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton
2017 The Inner Resources Workshop at The Coach House, Walpole Road, Brighton
2017 The Inner Resources Workshop at my home in Brighton
2015 Singularity at University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton
2014 Play in my Flat at my home in Brighton
2014 Not Punch and Judy at University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton

Education

2019 Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills at Training Qualifications UK
2015 BA (Hons) Moving Image at University of Brighton
2012 Access to Humanities and Social Sciences at Varndean College, Brighton
2009 NCFE 1 Art and Design at City College Brighton and Hove
2005 Certificate in Life Coaching at Newcastle College
1988 BTEC First Diploma in Business and Finance at Grantham College
1987 English, Maths, History, Biology, French Studies at Walton Girls’ School, Grantham

Professional Development

2019 Climbing Wall Instructor Award at Mountain Training
2019 Step Up: Leading Workshops at Outside In, Brighton
2019 Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills at TQUK
2019 Working with Shame at PODS, Huntingdon
2019 Graphic Novels Real Life Stories at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2018 Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga 20 Hour Foundation Workshop, London
2018 Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: Learning from Recent Research, USVreact at Sussex University, Brighton
2018 Graphic Novels Real Life Stories at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2006 Associate Certified Coach at International Coach Federation, London
2006 Certificate of Coaching Skills at Coaching Development Ltd, London