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Meet: Artist Julia Stewart

MarketLane_JuliaStewart_LinseyRendell_0Julia Stewart is the talented young artist behind the beautiful wrapping paper we use at Market Lane. Julia was born and raised in Daylesford Victoria, and now lives in Melbourne. She studied painting at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts, and also worked for Market Lane for many years in production.

We love Julia’s use of vibrant colour in her work, and her slightly abstracted representations of familiar and beloved shapes ­– she often draws from the natural world and references native Australian flora. We asked Julia to tell us about some of her inspirations. Here she is, in her own words:


"I am always inspired by colour. When starting a work, I begin with colour and think about the ways that different colour combinations make me feel. I also think about the texture of the brush strokes, the painting surface, the materiality of the paint, the gesture of the lines.”

“I am inspired by what is around me. I like to draw widely and my subjects range from my family, friends, house, hometown and its surrounding landscapes. I draw or paint my subjects again and again until something new arises. I like to find an in-between; an image that is both recognisable and unrecognisable. The best is when I am surprised by what I see.”


"I'm inspired by many artists. Some of my favourites include Felice Casorati, Grace Cossington Smith, Cressida Campbell, Tal R, Richard Diebenkorn, Sonia Delaunay and Helen Frankenthaler.”

Complimentary gift wrapping is now available in all our shops and with online purchases.


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