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About Julia Odell

I grew up in Cornwall and graduated from York St Johns in 1998 with a ceramic major. After graduating I spent some years teaching FE vocational, and non vocational, courses in the arts.

I took up painting full time in 2011. Since then I have had solo exhibitions at various galleries in the UK. I have sold artworks to collectors all over the world as far afield as Australia, USA, Singapore and various countries in Europe.

In 2012 I won the Harrogate Mercer Open Art Competition and in 2015 I won the Platform Open. My studio is currently based in North West Leeds.

Thus far I have studied landscapes to better understand colour and introduce narrative to my work. I have now begun using that knowledge to enable new social documentary studies and am experimenting with different materials.

My current projects include the study of people at work, motion and movement, and considering what it is to live in Britain today. I am also intrigued by people in society who are most notable by their absence. The ‘invisible people’ that are not seen but that can be understood by the physical clues they leave behind. I quite often like to study where others may not want to go.

Leeds Dark Arches. Rough sleepers. Drawing by Julia Odell

Leeds Dark Arches. Arch 1. Rough sleepers.