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Julia Swaby


Julia is an abstract expressionist painter working in oils. Her work is typically organic and formless, avoiding sharp edges and angles to provide a sense of calm and, at times, healing. Some work is informed by nature, especially sea and skyscapes, influenced by her coastal home town in Hastings (and previously in South West France). Other work is a documentation of her encounters in prayer and meditation, pursuing a channel to the essential self.

Having studied philosophy and theology, Julia is interested in the pursuit of the aesthetic, as outlined by Dietrich von Hildebrand. Von Hildebrand claimed that beauty in art is not a luxury, but is 'life-giving'. Julia's paintings are hence a conversation with states of being and with God. Harmony and peace are motifs in composition and palette.

Selected Works

On Fire

Paintings - 80x120 cm

Banquet of Colour

Paintings - 50x80 cm

Two Sisters

Paintings - 85x130 cm

Allegory in Blue

Paintings - 100x150 cm

What Happens in Silence

Paintings - 92x73 cm


Paintings - 89x116 cm


Paintings - 89x116 cm

After Meditation

Paintings - 76x122 cm

Deep Dive

Paintings - 100x80 cm

Inwardly Surreal

Paintings - 100x150 cm


Paintings - 89x116 cm

Emerald Glen

Paintings - 80x70 cm

Sunset Over Sussex

Paintings - 80x70 cm

So Gracious

Paintings - 60x60 cm


Paintings - 160x100 cm

New York II

Paintings - 129x207 cm


Paintings - 30x30 cm

Ex Argilla

Paintings - 120x150 cm

Fantaisie Impromptu

Paintings - 60x60 cm


Paintings - 120x100 cm

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