Julius grew up on the Highveld in Africa – the endless, flat horizon, the sky a dome of blue,
the sun ever present. The ocean a thousand miles away. The enduring influence of this
rugged landscape is a persistent influence on his work; as is his later love of all things
Julius trained at the Cape Town Visual Arts Research Centre with Kevin Atkinson, and
subsequently in London at Central St Martins School of Art. He holds postgraduate degrees in Art from Central St Martins School, of Art, London, The University of London and the
Royal Society of Health, London. He has exhibited in Cape Town, London, Brighton, The
Other Art Fair Sydney and various other locations in the city. His work is held in several
Julius works in various types of acrylic based paint on canvas and while work is almost
entirely abstract it is always influenced by the natural world and in particular by landscape.
”I am interested in mark making and process – disrupting the notion of composition
and form and exploring the way in which paint operates under the contradicting
forces of freedom and constraint . The aim ultimately is for the image to be revealed
through the rigorous application of the process in a systematic manner ”.
Influences in painting range from the Cubists, especially Juan Gris, through to Kandinsky,
the Russian Constructivists, the American Abstract Expressionists, the Process painters of
the 60’s including Mark Rothko, Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, and his late friends
and colleagues Kevin Atkinson and Trevor Goss, amongst others. Later influences include
the post-modern abstractionists.
Julius’s work explores how colours and process are influenced by light, landscape and the