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Artist Biography



Julie Ross – Studio Tableau 2018

As an artist I enjoy responding to various forms of narrative: My sculptures are inspired by my childhood, human affect experiences, myths, legends and fairy-tales.

I love the quirky humor often characterized in surrealism, this is evidenced in the animality of my figures and objects, and in the titles of my work.

My book Twinny, was created for an autobiographical show in 2014 at Whitespace. This wee childhood memoir features stories of rather twitty twinnies growing up on a farm amidst animals and ballet practices in South Canterbury, NZ. Within the book are sketches and sculptures developed in response to the narrative. Some of the sculptures are in this show.

The bronze and ceramic works featured in Studio Tableau have been created between 2011 and 2016. The bronzes are originally created in wax, and cast in bronze by Jonathan Campbell in Wellington. The porcelain works are individually hand built, fired and glazed.

In 2011, I completed a Masters in Painting at the University of Canterbury. Since then I have been working from my Christchurch studio, exhibiting in Melbourne (Anita Traverso Gallery), Auckland (Whitespace Contemporary Art) and Wanaka, (Gallery 33). I have also contributed to a number of group shows throughout New Zealand.

This is my first public show in Christchurch since the Brooke Gifford Gallery closed as a result of the earthquakes.


Bio Julie Ross

1984: Intermediate Year Fine Arts: University of Canterbury, Christchurch 1988-1990: Diploma of Visual Education: CPIT, Christchurch
1992: Diploma of Teaching, Christchurch College of Education
2005: BFA Honours, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
2010/11: Masters in Fine Arts, University of Canterbury

1991: Solo Show Titled: The Story of Noah?s Ark and Other Animals – COCA, Christchurch 1992: Solo Show: Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
1993: Group Shows: Salamander Gallery – Christchurch

Forester Gallery – Oamaru 1995: Solo Show: Salamander gallery, Christchurch 1997: Joint Show: Salamnder Gallery, Christchurch

Aigantighe gallery – Timaru

2004: Joint Show: Te Koraha – Rangi Ruru, Christchurch
2006: Solo Show: Haresay, Te Koraha – Rangi Ruru, Christchurch

Curated Show: A & P – Art Goes Country – Christchurch Art Gallery 2007: Solo Show: Julie Ross Retrospective Exhibition: Ng gallery, Christchurch

Group Show: Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
2008: Joint Show: Harum Scarum, Brooke Gifford gallery, Christchurch

Group Show: Gallery 33, Wanaka
2009: Curated Show: Run Rabbit Run – Gallery 33, Wanaka

Group Shows: Brooke Gifford Gallery – Christchurch Milford Galleries – Queenstown & Dundein

Sanderson Gallery – Auckland 2010: Group Shows: Sanderson Gallery – Auckland,

Post Grad Painters: SFA Gallery – University of Canterbury 2011: Masters Show: Alterpeace, SFA Gallery, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

2012: Solo Show: Salon Des Animaux, Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland Group Show: Gallery 33 Wanaka

2013: Solo Show: Animalis Fabula, Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne Group Shows: Whitespace Contemporary Art – Auckland

Gallery 33 – Wanaka
Aigantighe Gallery – Timaru,
Insider Project – Scattertshot – Christchurch Sculpture on the Peninsular – Christchurch

2014: Group Show: Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne
Solo Show: Twinny, Whitespace Contemporary Art, Ponsonby, Auckland

2015: Group Show: Functional, Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland Curated Show: Sculpture on the Peninsular, Christchurch

2016: Curated Show: Shapeshifter, Hutt Valley Civic Gardens/Dowse Art Museum, Wellington Solo Show: Rabbitat, Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland

2017: Curated shows: Wecome to the Jungle, Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden, Christchurch

2018: Group show: Studio Tableau, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch.

INform, Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland Sculpture in the Garden, North Canterbury, New Zealand Sculpture on the Peninsular, Canterbury, New Zealand

2003: Finalist, Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award
2004: Encouragement Award/Medal, Norma Concours Picture Book Competition, Japan
2017: Finalist in The Molly Morpeth painting Award Exhibition, Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre

Professional Practice

1993 – 1997: Teaching Art, Design and Photography at Christchurch Boys High School
1998-2009: Teaching Art, Design and Photography at Rangi Rur Girls? School, Christchurch
2013-2015, 2018: (Teaching painting, print-making, photography, Design as relief, at ChCh Girls? High School)



Research in relation to developing programmes in Art/Design at high-school Level
Research and writing 11,000 word Essay for book produced for Honours in Design, 2004 Writing of autobiography for self published book titled Twinny for show, Twinny, 2014

Artist Exhibitions

  • 27th Mar 2018 - 14th Apr 2018: Jane Barry – The Gathering Dark, Liam Dangerfield – A Bit Like, Julie Ross – Studio Tableau 2018

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