Saturday 13 November 2021

 'Elsewhere': Online Solo Exhibition with Limerick Museum, Limerick, October 2020

Poster design by Ciaran Nash

Elsewhere, my first online solo show was kindly hosted by Limerick Museum and funded by Limerick City and County Council. I would like to thank Dr Matthew Potter, Curator of Limerick Museum for providing me with the opportunity to exhibit my work in an exciting and friendly space, Maurice Quillinan for curating the show, Ciaran Nash for design of the poster and creation of the exhibition video and to the staff in the Art Office in Limerick City and County Council for their continued support. 

Home, acrylic on board, 30 x 25 cm, 2020

This exhibition is a continuation of a series based on my past experiences of landscape. There is reference to landscape but it is the emotional connection to landscape that is the point of inquiry. These paintings are imagined spaces based on memory. They are an intuitive response, giving an arena to explore and experiment. I work by building up delicate layers, using different techniques and weights of brushstroke, meeting with the painting as it changes. Landscapes become receptacles of us, they allow us the freedom to build our own internal landscape. An architectural response is beginning to emerge in some of the works; the spaces become rooms with discreet vistas emerging, solid spaces within the four lines of a rectangle.  

Silent Memory, acrylic on board,  30 x 40cms, 2020

Elsewhere, acrylic and oil on board60 x 81cms, 2020

Kindly supported by Limerick City and County Council

Thursday 30 May 2019

'Fragments': Solo exhibition with Gallery Interlude in Lucky Lane, Limerick, April 2019

Poster design by Ciaran Nash. 

Fragments, my first solo show in Limerick was hosted by Gallery Interlude in the fabulous venue of Lucky Lane, right in the heart of Limerick city. The paintings exhibited were selected from my current practice and it was very exciting to see them in a dynamic and interactive space. I would like to thank Carl Doran, Bella Walsh and Ciaran Nash of Gallery Interlude for the brilliant opportunity to exhibit my work and for all their work and encouragement in making it happen.  It was a great night and a big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the opening. 

Mirage, acrylic on board, 30 x 25cm, 2016

This series of paintings and collages establishes a visual language and emotional response to remnants of memories about place. The work begins with old photographs from past journeys which are used as collage material for postcard explorations in watercolour. These are fragments of compositions which eventually develop into paintings that accommodate an experimentation of colour, form and surface qualities. There is a considered response to materials and subject, with a deep desire to visually communicate internal contemplation and memory of space and place.     

Fragment I, watercolour and photocollage on watercolour paper, 15.2 x 12cm, 2019

Opening speeches with Carl Doran (Gallery Interlude) and David Irwin (Lucky Lane)

Thanks to The Glen Tavern for their support on the night.

This exhibition was kindly funded by Limerick City and County Council.

Sunday 4 March 2018

Matisse's Garden

Matisse's Garden

The Mews Coach House, Barrington Street Limerick
A group show of seven artists
Julie Brazil, Carl Doran, Gavin Hogg, Stephen Murphy
Nuala O' Sullivan, Sheila Richardson and Grace Roberts
Curated by Gavin Hogg
Watercolours in The Mews Coach house

My work next to Nuala O' Sullivan and Gavin Hogg
Julie Brazil,  Abyss, mixed media on watercolour paper, 15 x 10.5cms, 2016.

Julie Brazil, Shelter, mixed media on watercolour paper, 15 x 10.5cms, 2016

Julie Brazil, Garden Tree, mixed media on board, 25 x 30cms, 2016


Wednesday 7 October 2015

Studio Classroom Exhibtion

Studio Classroom Exhibition, Main Foyer, Mary Immaculate College, 14th September-1st October 2015

Studio Classroom Exhibition,work from pupils in Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Mary's N.S and Presentation Primary School. 



The Studio Classroom is a collaborative educational, art and research project which involved three visual artists (Jean Cleary, Kate McElroy and Julie Brazil) and three primary school teachers (Sinead O' Connor, Our Lady of Lourdes, Gearoid O' Donoghue, St. Mary's N.S., Cushla Hehir, Presentation Primary School) and children from first and sixth classes who developed their art practice through online residencies.

The primary focus of the Studio Classroom was to promote innovative ways for artists, primary school teachers and pupils to engage and respond to art practice. Connecting three artists with three primary schools demonstrated the use of virtual technology to connect studio and classroom where exciting collaborative arts practice evolved. The workshops focused on the child and imagination while promoting innovative ways in which children can respond to artists' work by working directly with artists. The workshops were multidisciplinary in nature and designed and developed in collaboration with the class teachers. The project encouraged artists, teachers, and children to explore their own creativity through the challenges set by the project.

The exhibition demonstrates that when teachers, artists and children collaborate 'magic happens'. The artist and teacher brought their unique skills to the project which has left a very positive impact on the schools, teachers said that 'It was a very meaningful experience, a unique experience and it will impact on how lessons are planned in the future'.  

(excerpt from Studio Classroom Exhibition flyer, September 2015).    

Pupil's work, 6th class,  oil pastel on paper, Presentation Primary School, Limerick.

Pupil's work, 6th class, pencil drawing on tracing paper, Presentation Primary School, Limerick.


Thursday 28 May 2015

'Wet': Exhibition in Hive Emerging Gallery, Waterford

 Displaying ready WET_FINAL_print_march11.jpg

I was delighted to be selected for the group show Wet in Hive Emerging Gallery, Waterford in March this year. It was a great opportunity to exhibit near my hometown (New Ross) and I hope to have further work on show in the sunny South East in the near future. Hive Emerging is situated in the heart of Waterford City. 

'Hive Emerging (est. 2008) is a not for profit arts space dedicated to the emerging arts. The arts space is run by artists for artists focusing predominately on group activities which competently provide artists with exposure, experience, networking, accreditation, income & sales. Hives Strength in Numbers strategic policies & management structure is the guiding principal of our organisation. The Venue functions through a competitive group operating policy throughout every level of its management, staff, & volunteers. This policy ensures Hive is always as strong as its strongest members'. (Promotional Flyer).

'Wet', Hive Emerging Gallery

The two paintings selected are entitled Portals in Thin Air and In Shadow, both works are mixed media on board.

Portals in Thin Air, 30 x 30cms, mixed media on board, 2014

Tuesday 17 March 2015

'Landslide': Solo Exhibition in Leixlip Library, February 2015

Landslide, my first solo exhibition in Leixlip Library, Co. Kildare in February.  The work exhibited was my most recent work and I would like to thank the staff of Leixlip Library for providing the opportunity to exhibit in a dynamic community based space.

Sunday 31 August 2014

'Transient Spaces' : Group exhibition in Mary Immaculate College, May 2014

Transient Spaces Exhibition, Mary Immaculate College, 2014. A group exhibition in conjunction with the International Conference of the Association for the Intercultural German Studies (GiG): Encounters in Transit Spaces/Transitory Encounters.

Nuance II
Oil on board
30 x 30cms

Nuance I
Oil and mixed media on board
60 x 60cms