Julie Caves’ work celebrates beauty and its many juxtapositions: work and play, nature and synthesis, life and death, macro and micro, Heaven and Hell. She is constantly walking the tightrope between two ideas. This is most notably seen in her large window paintings, where she has created a series of works of views through windows, either panes in view so the window is quite apparent, and in other
compositions no pane is shown so the work resembles and references traditional landscape painting. Reminiscent of Gary Hume’s enamel Door Paintings from the mid-90s, instead of confronting us with a barrier to a world beyond, Caves’ windows invite us to explore that same world, and realise it really is quite beautiful.
Other concerns within Caves’ practice intrinsically revolve around colour. Each of her large scale abstract paintings (for which she is best known) are a record of a process carried out by the artist; set rules and decisions are established to start a painting (much like the invention of a new game), and devised as a means of creating pathways into explorations of colour and texture.
Julie Caves says: “I am very interested in the push-pull of visual space and the polarities of ideas - object and ground, positive and negative, good and evil. I have always looked at both sides of the coin, seen the hare and the duck. I am very interested in the structure of the painting and my own kind of balance. Often my method of closing-up, searching for rightness and negotiating each mark results in a complexity nearly hidden in the final simplification, a subtle activation. Sometimes it is a feeling of righting a wrong, one decision at a time, heading down a path to more correctness.”
"Some of my paintings are thick with colour using a lengthy process of building up many transparent layers to create a substantial structure that refracts light. There is also an element of mystery, of nearly hidden things; you must take a moment and really look. There are traces of decision-making nearly buried. I use painting to investigate colour: colour as an idea, as a system whose organisation is not perfect, as a mystery, as science, the seduction of colour, the acknowledged and the hidden meanings of colours, and colour relationships."
"For ideas that require sequence I use the form of the book. I also make books as documentation of my performance and interventionist work. I like that a book is a piece of art you can hold and look at all by yourself. I think the best artists' books are silly or cheerful or funny on the surface while encouraging you think about something more meaningful. I make books that offer a moment of cheerful confusion, books that celebrate the beauty of the so-called ordinary, books made of groupings and lists, cataloguing the things and places we think we know, books that offer a new look at things you see every day. I am trying my best to make contact with humanity." read full statement
Qualifications and training
2004 - MA, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London
2001 - BFA Studio Art (Sculpture and Printmaking), University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas USA
2001 - Studio Art, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
2012 - Cloud 8, Arts and Crusts cafe, Walthamstow
2012 - They Do Things Differently Here, Artworks Project Space, Walthamstow
2013 - BLDNG BLCKS, Norlington Road Studios, Leytonstone
2013 - Bristol Artist’s Book Event, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
2013 - CiTiES: All Dimensions Part 2, Tokarska Gallery, Walthamstow
2013 - Memorabilia Charity Art Exhibition, Norlington Road Studios, Leytonstone
2013 - Nature Culture, Makers Yard, Walthamstow, London
2013 - Synergy, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green
2013 - Tasty Modern, Schwartz Gallery, Hackney Wick
2013 - Waltham Forest Arts Club at The North Star, The North Star, Leytonstone
2013 - Walthamstow Marshes at the Mill, The Mill on Coppermill Lane, London
2012 - 100 Metres, 100 Artists, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green
2012 - Abbey Arts Centre Summer Exhibition, The Abbey Arts Centre, New Barnet
2012 - As Time Goes By, Leytonstone Library, Main Hall, Leytonstone
2012 - Beyond the Bookshelves, Old College Library, Pimlico
2012 - Blackhorse Lane Open Studios & Silent Auction, Blackhorse Lane Open Studios, Walthamstow
2012 - Deep Purple, Cultivate, Vyner Street Gallery, Bethnal Green
2012 - Fool's Gold, Cultivate Vyner St, Bethnal Green
2012 - Gifted, The Mill on Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow
2012 - Harmony, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green
2012 - SPRING AT THE SMOKEHOUSE, Forman's Smokehouse Gallery, Hackney
2012 - The Visitors, The Escola de Música, Cambrils, Spain
2012 - Transformations, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green
2012 - Turnaround - 11 exhibitions in 12 weeks, Wood Street Indoor Market E17, Walthamstow
2011 - Blackhorse Lane Open Studios and Silent Auction, Blackhorse Lane Studios, Walthamstow
2011 - Drawing Crowds, The Stone Space, London
2011 - Little Benefits, CULTIVATE, VYNER STREET, London
2011 - RED show, Cultivate Gallery Vyner St., London E2 9HE
2011 - Something Blue, Cultivate Vyner St, London
2011 - Spring and Autumn: Colours of Relief and Anticipation, Excel Properties, Leytonstone
2011 - The Long Conversation: Poetry and Painting, The Red Room, at Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Walthamstow
2010 - Beyond Words, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, London
2010 - Blackhorse Lane Open Studios, Blackhorse Lane Studios, London
2010 - Collect, Westgate Studios, Wakefield
2010 - The Blackhorse Lane Artists, ArtWorks Project Space, Walthamstow
2009 - Abbey Arts Centre Open Studio, The Abbey Arts Centre, North London
2009 - Blackhorse Lane Open Studios and Silent Auction, Blackhorse Lane Studios, London
2009 - Café Gallery Projects Open 2009 , Café Gallery, Southwark Park, UK
2009 - The Bristol Artists’ Book Event, the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, Bristol
2009 - Tiny Touring Prints Show: The Impact of the Small, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and beyond
2009 - Twitter 140 Exhibition, Grandon Gallery, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
2009 - Waltham Forest Arts Club Winter Show, Vestry House Museum, Vestry House Museum, London
2008 - 11th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, University of Leeds, Parkinson Building, Leeds
2008 - Artists Books, artworks-mk, Milton Keynes
2008 - Cafe Gallery Projects Open Exhibition 2008, Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, Southwark
2008 - Chocolate Factory N16 Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16, Stoke Newington, North East London
2008 - Re:, The Gallery, The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton
2008 - Scissors Paper Stone, The London Print Studio, London
2007 - BABE (Bristol Artists Book Event), Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol
2007 - Bookmarks V, Touring
2007 - Cafe Gallery Projects Open Exhibition, Cafe Gallery Projects, London
2007 - Colour Matters, Oxford House in Bethnal Green, East London
2007 - Manchester Artists' Book Fair 2007, Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
2007 - Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16, London
2007 - Public Pages, Cube3 Gallery, Plymouth University, Plymouth
2007 - Rich and Strange: Altered Books Project, Flock Gallery Space, Newport School of Art Media and Design, Newport
2007 - Sitting Room, Permanent Gallery & the Permanent Bookshop, Brighton
2007 - Sitting Room Exhibition in Cambridge, The Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge
2007 - Stick*Stamp*Fly, Gasworks, Vauxhall
2007 - Summer Open Studios, The Chocolate FactoryN16, Stoke Newington
2006 - Chocolate Factory N16 Open Studios, Chocolate Factory N16, London
2006 - Manchester Artists Book Fair, Manchester
2006 - Peace Camp, Brick Lane Gallery, London
2006 - Prelude, part of Inspired Art Fair, Spitalfields, London
2006 - Sefton Open - One of the largest and most varied exhibitions of contemporary multi-media two-dimensional work in the North West, Atkinson Gallery, Southport, Merseyside
2012 - Bird Box Avenue, Artillery, Edmonton
2012 - Walthamstow Poetry Trail, http://www.e17arttrail.co.uk, Walthamstow
2006 - Art For Art's Sake Auction, The B Lo Basement, 76 Marchmont St., London
2006 - Theatre Foyer Exhibition (one-person show), Pleasance Theatre in Islington, Islington
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A 2-week pop-up gallery with paintings by Julie Caves.
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A selection of works from the artists at Blackhorse Lane Studios,
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Jackson’s East London Art Shop is launching their first onsite and online exhibition.
|Activities||Practice-based research, Participatory projects, Publishing, Curating|
|Artforms / type of project||Curatorial project, Book Works, Drawing, Installation, Painting|
|Tags||colour, painter, curator, artists books, abstract, figure, egg tempera, oil painting, sculptor, paint|