Julia Westwood is an figurative artist working in Sydney, Australia. With a background in symbolism, semiotics and social research, Julia’s work is characterised by themes of family, memory, nostalgia and mortality. She is particularly interested in cultural dynamics, stories of hardship and adversity, exploring how this can be translated and conveyed through an image. Julia’s professional practice include drawings and paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour on a variety of different surfaces such as canvas, board and paper. Inspired by artists such as Frank Auerbach, Marlene Dumas and Laura Lancaster, her current work focuses on figurative expressionism and gestural mark-making within a restricted palette to invite familiarity with the past.
Julia is interested in the social side of art making and community health and wellbeing, with plans to enter into the world of art therapy. Julia graduated from National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, in 2019.