Julia Krone Oliver

Website: http://www.juliakrone.com

Email: info@juliakrone.com

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Potential VI, acrylic & oil on board, 40 x 40cm

Potential III, acrylic on board, 40 x 40cm

Sea Garden VII, mixed media on board, 40 x 40cm

Playground IV, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100cm

Deep Time I, mixed media on canvas, 120 x120cm

Party II, mixed media on canvas, 130x130cm


Julia paints life-affirming, dreamlike landscapes, a dumping of her collective memory onto the canvas. They have a lush, organic, yet liminal quality. The many layers of natural and abstracted forms reflect the mystery of the subconscious world. The sensuous patterns and floating shapes that heave and swirl in an under water world reflect the complex nature of things, relationships, and life itself.

Her paintings are microcosms of the universe, a jungle of watery vegetation and organic growth beneath the surface, entangled, enmeshed, at times blossoming and at other times collapsing, in the “Sea Garden”. These ideas are further abstracted with her “Potential” and “Juxtaposition” series.

Julia‘s work has water as its central theme, ways of getting in and out, being submerged and disconnected from the stresses and constraints of the land based world.

She loves to swim in the seas of South Africa, in the River Dee and at Stonehaven beach wherever she gets the chance.

Artists who inspire her are amongst others, Patrick Heron, Joan Mitchell, Peter Doig, Riera i Arago, Marlene Dumas and Frank Bowling.


Julia Krone Oliver grew up and was educated in Cape Town, South Africa. After finishing her schooling at Westerford High School, she spent a year at school in France and England. Then she attended the University in Cape Town (UCT), where she gained a Social Science Honours degree, majoring in Community Development Work.
Julia is an experienced and pioneering event manager. For 15 years she had her own company which specialised in corporate as well as community events, live entertainment and music promotion. She too is a jazz singer, having directed and produced her own show. However, painting is now her primary focus. Julia lived in Johannesburg for nearly 5 years before moving to Malta and then to Edinburgh in 2007. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art (now Edinburgh University) and Leith School of Art. She lives in Edinburgh and has a studio gallery in Stockbridge which is open by appointment. She regularly hosts pop-up art events as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in her home which becomes an official venue. Her work may be found in private collections in South Africa, France, USA and in Scotland.


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