Julia Alexandra Mee, A Tuscan Paradise, buon fresco, 2010, 80 x 400 cm
Julia Alexandra Mee is an artist and art historian whose figurative painting explores the character and mood of the sitters, drawing on traditional techniques which are developed and applied to contemporary culture.
Her artistic training began under the guidance of her father, the painter and ceramicist Raymond Victor Mee (1945-2006). These early years in his studio formed the foundation of her artistic skills, not only in drawing and painting, but also in sculpture, ceramics and other techniques such as engraving and photography, as well as a profound appreciation of art history.
She subsequently undertook a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Staffordshire University, a BA Hons Degree in History of Art and Architecture and a Masters Degree in History of Drawing at the University of Reading. Following several collective exhibitions, in 2005 she moved to Italy to continue her research in pictorial techniques, graduating from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence with ‘110 e lode’ (First with distinction) on a Fine Art degree where she specialised in buon fresco.
She is now a practising fresco painter and art historian, working between her studio here in Edinburgh and her home in the Tuscan hills in Italy, where she exhibits regularly and gives talks, workshops and demonstrations on the technique of buon fresco.