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Edinburgh & The Lothians


Painting, Printmaking, Applied Arts and Craft


Abstract, Landscape







I paint life-affirming, dreamlike landscapes. 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 mirror the complexity of relationships, and indeed, life itself.

My paintings are microcosms of the universe, a jungle of watery vegetation and organic growth beneath the surface.  My 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. I love to swim, especially in the sea.

I joined a landscape oil painting class with Cyril Coetzee in Johannesburg, and sold her first painting in 2006, before moving to Edinburgh, via Malta, in 2007. At Edinburgh College of Art (now Edinburgh University) I had the fantastic opportunity to study and improve my skills. This decisively helped launch my artistic career.

I lived in Aberdeenshire on the River Dee and then in Stonehaven, over a period of 6 years before moving back to Edinburgh where I have a studio gallery and hosts art events. My studio is open by appointment through out the year and it becomes an official Fringe Venue during the Edinburgh Fringe (Venue 422).

My work is represented by a gallery in Paris which also operates in Brussels and St Palais sur Mer, near Bordeaux.

I am an experienced event manager and performed professionally in South Africa as a jazz singer for many years. Artists who inspire me are, among others, Patrick Heron, Albert Irvin, William Scott, Joan Mitchell, Gillian Ayres, Riera i Aragó, Etel Adnan, Yayoi Kusama, Lennox Dunbar, Frank Bowling and Matisse.







Julia Krone Oliver grew up and was educated in Cape Town, South Africa. She attended the University in Cape Town, where she gained an Honours degree in Social Science, majoring in Community Development Work.

She quickly transitioned into the more glamorous world of show business and event management. Julia had a successful a career as a jazz singer in Cape Town having directed and produced her own cabaret show. She helped pioneer event management in Cape Town and for 15 years had her own company specialising in corporate and community events, live entertainment and music promotion.

Moving to Edinburgh in 2007, she had the very fortunate opportunity to study at Edinburgh College of Art and this helped launch her career as a painter.

Painting, print-making, textile design and more recently, collage work, have been her focus. She published a range of greeting cards, featuring her work and has a range of fabric designs, using her paintings as a starting point.

She continues to explore different mediums.

Whilst living in Aberdeenshire, Julia would annually host an open studio event, as part of NEOS, the North East Open Studios festival.

Back in Edinburgh she regularly shows her work as part of the Edinburgh Fringe and she has a studio gallery which is open by appointment all year round. She is represented by the BGallery in Paris, Brussels and St Palais sur Mer.

Julia’s paintings have been selected for various RSA Open Exhibitions and her work has been featured twice in Homes & Interiors Scotland.

Her work may be found in private collections in South Africa, France, the USA, UAE, Peru, England and Scotland.