Julie Williams was born in the UK, spent her early twenties in France then migrated to Sydney, Australia. Here she built a career as a professional artist having attended the National Art School. In 2014 Julie moved to Asia and is now living and practicing in Singapore. She chose the name Art Chi to represent her work and her inquiry into the region. Julie studied Asian Art at NAS and has always had an interest in cross-cultural influences. She also owns a home and studio in Hill End, NSW, where she continues to investigate the Chinese history in this historic gold rush town. Her conceptual, contemporary works with historical references have found a new direction as she absorbs the surroundings in her new home, Singapore.
Based in the historic area of Tiong Bahru, Singapore. In September 2013, Julie moved from her familiar regional-Australian landscape to this tropical, vibrant and richly-coloured urban environment where the old Peranakan history sits alongside the modern skyscrapers – a gentle reminder of past traditions in the face of Singapore’s relentless push towards modernity. Immersed in this new environment, her painting has taken a bold new direction. Combining exhaustive research of local culture and post-colonial South East Asia, to explore new ideas in the studio. Her practice since living and exhibiting in Singapore has seen the introduction of screen printing, textiles and a vibrant colour palette. Her love of tracing elements over the top of her painting continues but using inks and dyes. Williams recent residency in Jogjakarta , Indonesia combined with exhaustive research of South East Asia has all led to vibrant new work.
Julie Williams is a Singapore based Australian artist, exhibiting regularly in Australia and Internationally. She has a BFA from National Art School, Sydney (2003) and a Post Graduate Educational Diploma in Fine Arts (2014) from University of Technology, Sydney. Solo Exhibitions include, White Tiger (2017),Travers Art Space, Singapore; The Nature of Existence (2013) WPCC Regional Gallery, Dubbo, NSW; The Great Divide (2011), BRAG Regional Gallery, Bathurst, NSW and Jean Bellette Gallery, Hill End, NSW (2012); Beyond the Great Divide (2012), Jayes Gallery, Molong, NSW.Selected Group Exhibitions The Misty Mountain Project 2017, Rumah Lebah, Jogjakarta, Indonesia; The Hill End Table, BRAG, Bathurst, NSW (2017); Nyonya Identification, Contact Sheet Gallery, Sydney (2016). In the Studio, BRAG, Hill End, NSW (2005-2017); Murrurundi Group Exhibition, Michael Reid Murrurundi Gallery (2015); Eclectica Collectica, Olsen/Irwin, Jayes Gallery, Molong, NSW (2013), Out of Hill End, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney (2009).
Residencies, Rumah Lebah,Indonesia (2017); Henry Lawson Estate Residency, Mudgee, NSW (2003); National Art School Landscape Painting Prize (2003). Finalist, Paddington Art Prize (2004/10/11).
Her work is held in Bathurst Regional Gallery Collection, as well as numerous private collections. She is represented by Jayes Gallery, Molong, NSW and Michael Reid, Murrurundi, NSW.