About the Artist
Julian Beesley’s versatility and creativity combine together to produce some beatifully captivating images. He enjoys painting in watercolour for its ‘natural simplicity and surprising vesatility’. His work is mostly landscape related views of Cornwall ‘where land meets the sea’, but he considers any commission based enquiries.
Julian Beesley moved to Cornwall in 1987 to study at Falmouth College of Arts. After graduating he chose to stay and continue working in this beautiful part of the country. Julian is also a keen illustrator, designing images for cards as well as book covers.
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My work is compiled, I build layer after layer, sometimes taking areas back to where I started, reworking or allowing the beginnings to be exposed. Layers are often thin and my tools are basic. Some papers and canvas may go through the press, some are hand pressed, all are painted and repainted.
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I studied graphic design for 4 years in the 1970’s and gained Associate Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers and of the Society of Typographical Designers. I went on to work in London for companies including IPC Magazines and Royle Print Ltd.