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A Landscape of Emotions

The Mirror, 22nd September 2010 page 12

There tends to be a large expanse of evocative sky and meteorological atmosphere in the oil paintings beautifully crafted by Julie-anne Armstrong-Roper.Her coming exhibition which features a series of works from sets titled Soliloquy, Sanctuary and Silhouette opening at Meeniyan Art Gallery (MAG) this Saturday is no exception.

The frailty, isolation and changing emotions of humans are metaphorically portrayed by landscape, weather and stark silhouettes of trees that Julie-anne explains are composites of real scenes but do not represent any specific view.

While quick to point out that like other people, she has friends and plenty of positives in her life, Julie-anne essentially sees herself and other artists as separate from society because they are looking in at the world from another perspective.

She commented that one of her soliloquy series were reminiscent of dawn landscapes in the vicinity of Alice Springs, while the Sanctuary series, with an air of seeking refuge and peace, are based on landscapes of Western Victoria.

The Silhouette series feature lone trees lightly anchored to dark landscapes and this exhibition also contains some of her Solitude series of paintings.

Although she has painted seascapes in the past, all of the paintings shown at MAG will be inland views,

Julie-anne will bring some 12 to 15 works to the exhibition and these will range in size from 30x30 centimeters up to 107x90 centimetres.

Although she lives in Melbourne, Julie-anne was linked to the gallery through friends in Leongatha, one of whom volunteers at MAG.

Although her English accent is relatively strong, Julie-anne's work is entirely Australian, which she attributes to having migrated to Australia at just six years of age.

Given the nature of her art, Julie-anne finds it quite appropriate that her father's family came from the flat, open sky country of the Norfolk fens.Soliloquy, Sanctuary and Silhouette will be on view from Saturday September 25 through to Thursday October 28.

Despite the excitement of the Grand Final weekend, Julie-anne hopes that an interactive crowd will attend the exhibitions opening from 2.00pm to 4.00pm this Sunday September 26 and talk about the paintings with her.

MAG is located at 84 Whitelaw Street and is open weekdays (except Tuesdays) from 10.00am-400pm and at weekends 11.00am-5.00pm.

A sneak peek of Julie-anne's painting style can be enjoyed at www.armstrong-roper.com.