The Vortex Series 3 - 'Spirit'
About Julia Stockwell-Hamid
Julia Stockwell-Hamid is a painter and silversmith. Julia has spent much of her life travelling abroad and living in Africa. Her artwork is greatly influenced by the time she spent living there. Julia paints in various styles although her most notable work is her series of paintings depicting traditional African pots, based on a collection she owned during the ten years she spent living in the Sudan. These large scale, colourful paintings relate to an African custom of welcoming strangers - large vessels that are used in food storage and preparation are also left with water for passing strangers. Julia hopes that others will be inspired by the warm humantiy of her African friendships ‘It’s wonderful to be able to offer comfort to others and to experience the kindness of people in a place where you are just a visitor’. Her unique paintings are created using coloured and metalic oil paints mixed with linseed oil. Worked in thickly, using palette knives and scrapers, the paintings demonstrate a rich textured feel. Alternatively, she slowly builds layer upon layer of gesso, followed by chalk paint, that is scraped back to reveal the earthy and raw colours beneath. More recently she is combining her silversmithing techniques into her paintings by incorporating fine silver wire and silver leaf into her work. Julia’s lastest exhibitions include the East African Art Biennale which was held in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania and the ‘Moving Art across East Africa borders’ project’ travelling to Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. We displayed Julia's wonderful works during our Still Life Exhibition between the 12th October - 9th November 2018.