Julie Hutchings

Artwork on display at Gallery Beneath

Selected Artwork Previously Sold at Gallery Beneath

Julie resides on a property at Grafton & has been exhibiting as a professional artist since 2000.
In her late teens she met & married husband John who was a very successful premier jockey on the northern rivers NSW..& her early years were dedicated to her young family & the racing industry.
In 1992 Julie made history by becoming the first female to be elected to the Clarence River Jockey Club Board of Directors.

One of several artists featured in book published in 2012 Portrait Artists Australia.
Published articles in art magazines & newspapers.
Twice Finalist in International Cricket Prize
2019:Finalist in the National STILL award
2019:Finalist Naked & Nude Award
2018:Finalist in Jacaranda Aquisitive Drawing Award
2017:Awarded the Yulgilbar Travelling Fellowship.France/Belgium
2019:Anzac ..ABC tv 7.30 report interview
2013:Finalist in Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.
2013:Finalist in Manning Art Prize (Naked & Nude)
2012:Winner Best Emerging Artist Brisbane Rotary Art Prize
2011:Winner Bendigo Bank Art Prize

I am predominantly an oil painter .The human figure is one of my main sources of inspiration. I fascilitate Life Drawing sessions once a week in Grafton.A strong drawing will  form the bones of a good painting therefore most of my time is dedicated to this discipline. My paintings develop from a deep emotional state, whether from current situations or something from the past. I have a very strong connection to the land & a love of animals, this reflects in my art. I dont always have a preconceived idea of what I want to paint.      I start by drawing in charcoal..making marks & gestures. I continue to to develop the process by drawing & painting & eliminating, thats when the ideas start to present themselves & a narrative begins to emerge. Social & political issues do influence my work from time to time however in a suble way. When I paint I concentrate only on my own aesthetics & what I want to convey all the time maintaining the spontaneity & movement to eventually tell a story with energy, expression & emotion.