Julie-anne Armstrong-Roper, an Australian artist
Julie-anne Armstrong-Roper was born in Exeter, England and immigrated to Australia at the age of six, later to become an Australian citizen. She spent her formative years in Frankston (a suburb of Melbourne) later moving to Mt Eliza on the eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay. Although Julie-anne was rebellious at school she excelled at art and at an early age enrolled in Life Drawing classes at the local Grammar school, at the age of sixteen she returned to Europe for six months spending time on an art tour of Italy and France. She continued to develop her art mainly in the drawing discipline for many years until she enrolled in painting classes at Prahran College in the 1980s under the tutorage of Howard Arkley. This period caused a re-appraisal of her work and she moved though the genre of the surrealist movement and figurative painting. Her fathers death in 2000 was a cathartic experience that led her to find her own style. Since that time she has been exploring human emotions and spirituality though the use of landscape. Her works are not purely landscape in most cases they are abstractions where she has used the weather as a metaphor for the emotive changes we experience through our lives. Using the sky and all its moods, not only to communicate her own emotions, but also to invoke an emphatic response from the audience.
ANL Maritime Art Award & Exhibition 2021.
ANL Maritime Art Award & Exhibition 2016.
ANL Maritime Art Award & Exhibition 2015.
Heysen Prize 2014.
Glover Prize 2013.
ANL Maritime Art Award & Exhibition 2013.
Glover Prize 2012.
Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize 2009.
2000 Ten Pound Packages. Book of interviews & reproduction artworks acquired by the National Library of Australia.
1997 Coode Contained. Book published by Footscray Arts Centre and acquired by Victorian Ministry of the Arts.
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Soliloquy- Australian Landscapes, STACC. Brimbank City Council. St Albans. Melbourne.
Colloquium-Lake Merrimu, Smith Street Gallery, Collingwood. Melbourne.
Life is a Lonley Hunter, M16 Gallery, Canberra. ACT.
Incandescant, 69 Smith Street, Collingwood. Melbourne.
Soliloquy the Landscape, Beth Hulme Gallery and Studio, North Fitzroy. Melbourne.
Sioliloquy, Sanctuary and Silhouette, Meeniyan Gallery, Meeniyan. Victoria.
Inaugural Exibition, Hawthorn Studio and Gallery, Hawthorn. Melbourne.
Against the Weather-Arid Land, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne.
Ten Pound Packages, Regional Tour, Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee. Wellington Cultural Centre, Sale . Williamstown Town Hall, Williamstown, Melbourne.
Against the Weather-Arid Land, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
Sea below Sky, Leongatha Art Gallery, Leongatha
In all Kinds of Weather, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
The River of Mist, Gabriel Gallery, Footscray Art Centre, Footscray, Melbourne
Ten Pound Packages, Melbournes Living Museum of the West, Maribrynong
Ten Pound Packages, Australia House, London
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