Juli Hutchings resides on a property at Grafton & has been exhibiting as a professional artist since 2000. In her late teens she met & married husband John who was a very successful premier jockey on the northern rivers NSW and her early years were dedicated to her young family & the racing industry. In 1992 Juli Hutchings made history by becoming the first female to be elected to the Clarence River Jockey Club Board of Directors.
“I am predominantly an oil painter .The human figure is one of my main sources of inspiration. I facilitate Life Drawing sessions once a week in Grafton. A strong drawing will form the bones of a good painting therefore most of my time is dedicated to this discipline. My paintings develop from a deep emotional state whether from current situations or something from the past. I have a very strong connection to the land and a love of animals and this reflects in my art. I don’t always have a preconceived idea of what I want to paint. I start by drawing in charcoal, making marks and gestures. I continue to develop the process by drawing, painting and eliminating. That is when the ideas start to present themselves and a narrative begins to emerge. Social & political issues do influence my work from time to time but in a subtle way. When I paint I concentrate only on my own aesthetics and what I want to convey all the time maintaining the spontaneity and movement to eventually tell a story with energy, expression and emotion.” – Juli Hutchings.
Juli Hutchings: Solo Exhibitions
Shared exhibitions in Canberra, Grafton and Byron Bay
2022 Finalist JADA – Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award
2001 Solo exhibition Grafton regional Gallery
2002 Shared exhibition Grafton regional Gallery
2005 Solo exhibition Pages Fine Art Montville QLD
2017 Past and Present, Gallery One, Southport, QLD
2018 The Best of The Best, Group Show, Gallery One, Southport, QLD
2019 Feature : New Work, Gallery One, Southport
Juli Hutchings: Publications and Awrds
2017 Awarded the Yulgilbar Travelling Fellowship.France/Belgium
2013 Finalist in Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.
2013 Finalist in Manning Art Prize (Naked & Nude)
2012 Winner Best Emerging Artist Brisbane Rotary Art Prize
2011 Winner Bendigo Bank Art Prize
One of several artists featured in book published in 2012 Portrait Artists Australia.
Published articles in art magazines & newspapers.
Twice Finalist in International Cricket Prize
2018 Finalist in Jacaranda Aquisitive Drawing Award