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Julie Atkinson

Julie Atkinson

About: I create abstract figurative paintings using oil paints. I learned drawing and painting through classes at local community centers and online courses. While my work has been mostly portraiture and figurative, lately, I have been incorporating more abstraction. Currently, I am working on a series of figures (tentatively titled All Ways) to explore layers of emotion as a Black woman in predominantly white spaces. I have been comforted by poets and writers such as Audre Lorde and Lucille Clifton, and their words and love for Black women have inspired this series.


More info: This first image is part of my All Ways series. This series is a work in progress and explores themes like strength and vulnerability, loneliness and empowerment.

The second image is titled Daddy’s Jazz. I created this piece based on an image of John Coltrane as a commission. It is in a private collection.

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