Short film biography on Australian Painter Julian Twigg
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Julian is a painter, a ceramicist and a printmaker. Since graduating from RMIT in 2000, Julian has forged a highly successful career in the visual arts. With 17 solo shows, innumerable group exhibitions and a series of residencies under his belt, he has earned a reputation as perhaps Australia’s foremost maritime painter.
Julian Twigg’s artistic obsession is the sea. His milieu is coastal, his subject matter all things maritime. His painting is bold, vivid, gestural, observational. His layered painting style is as much textural as it is visual. The paint is thick, chunky, knobbly. In the presence of a Twigg painting, you want to reach out and run your fingers over the surface.
While primarily a painter, Julian Twigg is also a talented and accomplished ceramicist and printmaker. His ceramics are utterly charming – small, impressionistic replicas of ships and tugboats, ceramic tiles decorated with maritime scenes taken from lino imprints. His work in prints has a very immediate and spontaneous feel about it. The prints are a momentary, evocative capturing of a mood felt or a scene witnessed – the unstudied, unselfconscious looseness of the sketchbook.
Julian Twigg exhibits annually, alternating between Sydney and Melbourne.