Julie Ellis Glynn was born in Manchester in 1957. Following school, she attended Art College for four years before becoming a full time art teacher and mother. After sixteen years of teaching and as her children have left home, she has resumed her career as a painter.
Her early work was informed by an admiration of artists such as Tapies, Motherwell, Rothko and many others. Reoccurring through her work is an interest in landscape, isolated places and portraits of family and friends. Later her ideas have shifted towards 'object making' adding structure to her images.
Currently influencing Julie's work are ideas evolving from the theme 'urban garbage'. Concepts include questions of; What we value? Memories of the past; objects, whether rare or old they are imprinted with traces of our history. Or do we value something more tangible, perhaps something with monetary value is more important?
Working with materials such as reclaimed card and old used paper, found on the roadside or reclamation yards, Julie has found a new media. Building up her work with layers of colour and a variety of materials enables her to aggressively rework the piece, drawing into the surface with marks and scraping back to reveal earlier concealed imagery. The finish of her work is overtly textural and has the feel of an 'aged artefact' in a museum.