Approved: 16.09.2006

Julie Caves

Artist

Approved: 16.09.2006

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

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Participatory projects, Publishing, Curating
  • Categories: Curatorial, Book Works, Drawing, Installation, Painting
  • Tags: colour, painter, curator, artists books, abstract, figure, egg tempera, oil painting, sculptor, paint
 
 

Biography

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."

CV & Education

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 Solo exhibitions 2012 - Cloud 8, Arts and Crusts cafe, Walthamstow 2012 - They Do Things Differently Here, Artworks Project Space, Walthamstow Group exhibitions 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 Site specific 2012 - Bird Box Avenue, Artillery, Edmonton 2012 - Walthamstow Poetry Trail, http://www.e17arttrail.co.uk, Walthamstow Other 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