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Artist Bio

Painter Julianne Guinee was born in County Cork, and her work has been exhibited throughout Ireland. Julianne’s art is influenced by John Singer Sargent, William Adolph Bouguereau and the Pre-Raphealites as well as modern contemporary painters. Her philosophy is to combine the nineteenth century techniques of painting with more modern conceptual ideas, especially regarding motherhood, loss and isolation. She is naturally drawn to the imagery and complexities of the human form, particularly the female figure.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Education and Mathematics from the University of Limerick. Julianne painted from an early age but began to paint full time in 2019 after the death of her twin children, Mabel and Blaise who continue to inspire her work. She currently resides in Buttevant, County Cork.

Artist Statement

My paintings chronicle my world, people, landscapes and my personal journey into motherhood. Although I painted from a young age, I began painting full time in 2019 following the death of my children Mabel and Blaise. They changed me fundamentally as a person allowing me to see life through a different lense and continue to inspire my work. 

In our culture, I find babies' deaths are viewed as taboo and disrespected with silence. Mental health is openly discussed but there is pressure to focus solely on positive emotions. ‘Positive vibes only’ is a popular mantra which can leave people experiencing life changing events, like sickness or grief, feeling isolated, judged and pressurized to keep feelings hidden. In my work, I challenge these attitudes, exploring themes of motherhood, grief and isolation. I am particularly drawn to imagery and complexities of the human form and work where possible from life, whether hiring models for my studio or taking to the fields. I work in oils.  My work from life informs my practice for my larger pieces often completed with the aid of photography.

My goal is to create pieces that use beauty, technical mastery, and a timeless subject matter to convey a narrative that uplifts and reassure people experiencing grief or sadness that it is a normal, natural part of life but also that they are not alone.