Julia Atkinson

  Since early childhood I have looked at and collected objects for their colour, pattern and texture, and learning to draw heightened my ability to observe detail and structure. I naturally enjoyed creating new colours through mixing pigments but when I was twenty three I took this further by experimenting with optical colour mixing. Screen printing is the perfect technique for portraying pure flat colour. I experimented with printing and contrasting matt and shiny surfaces, on paper or on fabric, using stripes and geometric shapes and patterns.

     At the same time I am fascinated by the subtle variations of shape in organic forms, and prefer to render them through drawing in black and white. It is only through photography that colour, shape and texture have come together. I started photography in earnest when I was fifty two and, thanks to the amazing technical advances made since then, it has become my favourite medium.