Julia Maleeva
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Julia Maleeva
Julia was born in Bulgaria in 1974. She has a BA in Fine Arts and MA in Architecture. After a period in the USA Julia now lives and works in Bristol focusing on painting from her studio in Clifton.

“My painting is a journey between three seas: the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Black Sea. The attempt to bridge the colours of Provence, Cornwall and Black Sea coast, has been a journey between sea, wind, roads, emotions, ink sketches, canvas, paint, light and a viewer. What makes these places special for me is the light, which is very distinctive and specific. These places are around water, and the colours differ because of the magic of light. My art is a deconstruction process of layers of paint waiting to be scraped and then layered back in a different perspective, just to show something more interesting. The way to go backwards discovers to me a unique story, like a detective game to find clues from the past.”

“I use cold wax as one of the main ingredients in my paintings, which allows me to create unique textures. Working only with palette knives I often add to the premixed oil/wax substance - Cornish sand, chopped sea weeds, old tea leaves or just scrapes of old paint from my palette. The whole scraping process involves my imagination to reuse everything again into the painting and be able to create a kind of sustainable art. Small bobbles are one of my signatures, made from scrapes and different mixtures. The wax also helps me to establish more translucency to the oil colours. I am ultimately on a journey to create a new fusion of dry point and oil painting, wrapped in cold wax.”

Selected Works

Julia Maleeva, Fig Jam, Pistachio Eclair
Fig Jam, Pistachio Eclair
Julia Maleeva, The Yellow House, Arles
The Yellow House, Arles
Julia Maleeva, Turquoise Balcon in Menton
Turquoise Balcon in Menton