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Julie-Ann Simpson

Julie-Ann Simpson
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The processes which make up the act of painting are significant themes within my work. Initially using observations and memories as starting points, my practice is often an attempt to make visible that which is unseen or intangible. In some ways, I employ a synesthetic approach, exploring the language of painting to describe a sensory experience. My work looks at this idea of liminality and everyday juxtapositions; the porous boundaries between interior and exterior spaces, man and nature, dreams and reality. The paintings sit in that transitional place, often beginning as representations, but eventually seem to slip into ambiguous afterimages.
2010 – 2014
Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University. Aberdeen.
BA (Hons) Painting


‘ALIGHT’, Visual Arts Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Selected group show.

‘What The Water Tells/はしご湯’, Takasagoyu Bathhouse, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan. Group show.
‘Current’, Visual Arts Scotland, Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay. Selected group show.

‘The September Issue’, The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen. Selected group show.
‘Uncertain Territories’, Seventeen Gallery, Aberdeen. Group show
‘Sketch’ 2017, Rabley Drawing Centre, Malborough. Selected group show

Winter Exhibition, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen. Selected group show.
‘For The Time Being’, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Solo show.
‘Blueprint’, DOK Artists’ Space, Edinburgh. Selected group show.
VAU Member’s Show, Edinburgh Palette, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh. Group show.
RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Selected group show.
‘The Known, the Strange and the New’, New Blood Art for How The Light Gets In Festival, The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Group show.


Sketch 2017 Prize; shortlist

Visual Arts and Craft Makers Awards, Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland
Hope Scott Trust Award
Contemporary British Painting Prize; longlist
Graduate in Residence, Painting Department, Gray’s School of Art

RSA Guthrie Award and Medal
Aberdeen Asset Management Purchase Prize


Artist for 'Artobotic', artwork vending machine project
VAU Pillow Talk: Collaborations chair/facilitator as part of Look Again Festival 2017, featuring Louise Scullion, Ade Adesina, Thalia Spyridou (Patricia Fleming Projects) and Graeme Roger.
Visiting Lecturer in Painting, Gray’s School of Art, Sep 2015 – present
Collection Support Assistant, Grampian Hospital Arts Trust (GHAT), July 2015 – Aug 2017
Grampian Hospital Arts Trust volunteer 2014-2015
Look Again Festival 2015 - Creative Workshop with Jamie Cameron and GHAT
Aberdeen Artists Society volunteer 2014
Peacock’s Visual Arts volunteer (SPECTRA 2014)