We are incredibly excited to be welcoming back Julia Cassels and her ability to capture African wildlife beautifully. Friday June 12th sees the opening of her exhibition at The Frame, Odiham, which will continue for three weeks until Friday 3rd July. Prepare to be stunned by the wonderfully depicted animals and people in her captivating paintings.

To meet this interesting, talented and well-travelled artist in person, The Frame is holding an Open Evening to welcome Julia Cassels and her work on Friday 12th June from 5:30pm – 8pm.


An Experience-Rich Life

After a couple of years in the advertising world, Julia left England to work with the Maasai in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley. This was a turning point for her. Finding herself completely captivated by the rhythms, shapes and colours of Africa, which together with the play of light over moving subjects, she then used these emotions to shape her work.

Her travels have taken her to many countries across Europe, Africa and Central America. Having spent a year working in the safari world in Zambia’s beautiful Luangwa Valley, alongside her husband, they set off in their faithful Landrover ‘Penelope’, to drive the old Silk Route from England to Nepal.

Still with the urge to explore, they returned to Zambia, and enjoyed working for a further seven years there, before moving north to Tanzania. It was this incredible decade of working both in Africa and Nepal that formed the foundation of Julia’s work, and continues to inspire her today. She keeps this inspiration alive by returning to Africa regularly.

Ele herd, three colour painting, Julia Cassels, available at The Frame, Odiham.

Ele herd, three colour painting

Art In Her Heart

Julia has become well-known as a wildlife artist. Having returned to England ten years ago, she now paints and sculpts from her studio in Hampshire, and following the publication of her book; ‘How to Capture Movement in Your Paintings’, she also runs art courses and workshops. Julia exhibits widely throughout the UK and Art Fayres abroad, with much of her work found in many collections worldwide.

She works predominantly in watercolour and inks, but often introduces charcoal and graphite to express a greater spirit of movement. Julia has recently started working with acrylics on board and canvas, and is enjoying exploring their greater range and texture. She loves to capture movement, and has a strong sense of vitality in her work. She works from life, as well as from her own sketches which are, by her own admission, “An incomprehensible mass of lines and shading.”

“I stand at my easel as I like to work fast to achieve the sense of immediacy. My subjects are portrayed as if sponaneously caught in a glance, and unaware that I am there. I hope my work reflects my true and intimate understanding of the bush, as I try to capture the very essence of my subjects.”

The Gallery will exhibit a very recent collection of wildlife and people, which has been inspired by the Spring awakening in Hampshire, and the sun after the rains from her recent trip to Zambia.

 

To meet this interesting, talented and well-travelled artist in person, The Frame is holding an Open Evening to welcome Julia Cassels and her work on Friday 12th June from 5:30pm – 8pm.

For more information contact The Gallery on 01256 701082 or email: theframe@btinternet.com