Julia Manning SWLA
Julia’s inspiration comes from drawing in the wild, the geology of islands. The colours and essence of different places. Rock formations on which birds nest. Rocky outcrops over which sea birds glide.
Looking and drawing the insect world found in my garden, just loving discovering and drawing the night world, lured into my moth trap.
A colourful celebration of the natural world.
Julia creates limited edition original handmade prints using etching, collograph and relief print techniques on Somerset printmaking paper or Japanese paper. Her subject matter is drawn from life, birds often observed and drawn through her telescope and then worked on further in the studio.
During lockdown I started doing a Daily Moth Drawing. Each evening, from day 1, I set up my a moth trap in my garden. The excitement each morning opening it inspired me. I would pick a moth put it in a clear plastic pot and draw it using a magnifying glass. Afterwards, I would release it into a shady spot in the garden and post the drawing on Instagram (juliamanningartist). The prints I am exhibiting in The Natural Eye 2020 are created from these drawings. The different species of moths caught have gradually changed from when I started in March, making it a real Moth Diary.
Julia Manning is a Somerset based artist-printmaker.
Full member of The Society of Wildlife Artists.
Participated in the Wallasea RSPB residency 2015
Wadden Sea Denmark project 2019
Full Member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, London SE1 9JH)
A member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen (BoveyTracey) and Somerset Printmakers
Was one of the 4 printmaker members of PINE FERODA 2015-2019
PRINTS IN THE COLLECTIONS OF of The British Embassy in Paris, Paintings in Hospitals, The Aberystwyth Print Archives, The British Museum and the House of Lords.
1968-70 Studied under George Israel, Portrait Painter
1970-74 BA Hons Fine Art Bath Academy of Art, Corsharn, Wilts. Studied printmaking under Steven Russ and Jack Sheriff
1989-98 Lived in Paris
1993-96 Worked in the atelier of Joel Roche (drypoint) and Joelle Sevre (etching) in Paris
1998 Set up her studio and home in Keinton Mandeville Somerset.2007 Jaipur International Heritage Festival India. Lead a printmaking Workshop for art students at the Rajasthan College of Art.
2008 Elected ARE and SWLA
Fellow, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE)
The Aberystwyth University Print Archives Award (2007) Originals Mall Galleries London
The Fenton Arts Trust Award (2008) Originals Mall Galleries London
The RE Award (2008) Originals Mall Galleries London
John Purcell Paper Award (RE Annual Exhibition 2008)
The Paintings In Hospitals Purchase Prize Award
Printmaker’s Printmaker Of The Year Printfest Ulverston Cumbria (2009)
Langford Press Printmaking Award, The Society of Wildlife Artists 2016
Mascot Media Nature in Print Award, The Society of Wildlife Artists 2018
Ace Arts Nature in Art 2018 - The Peoples Choice Award
Regularly exhibited at Originals, the Affordable Art Fairs, SWLA shows, and RE shows at Bankside Gallery, London.
2006 Bovey Tracy Crafts Hand Print Sherbourne House Somerset printmakers
2005 5th British Mini Print Show toured 2 years AAF Bristol Bovey Tracy Crafts RWA BristolRecent One Woman Shows
2007 John Leach Gallery Somerset
2007 Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton Devon
2006 Grapevine Gallery, Norwich 2005-6 Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre
ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION 2019 Twinletts, Razor bills and Guillemots nesting on the cliffs of Skokholm
Wells Contemporary International 2019
Wales Contemporary 2019