An artist without identity

For an artist, the journey to gain an identity is a long and lonely road. Having discovered the great therapeutic benefits of art for the soul while incarcerated and my ability to paint was a god’s sent gift.

Being an artist while in prison I had not only my freedom taken away but also my identity and two and a half years after being freed, my identity still remains restrained till the end of my parol in March 2017!

The following is a digital story made as part of the Stretch Digital project funded by the Big Lottery in collaboration with the PET (Prisoner Education Trust) – the films are made with Stretch practitioner Alex Harwood in the traditional digital story method.

Former prisoners tell their story of education and rebuilding their lives in and out of prison.

 

You can see more digital stories from former prisoners by CLICKING HERE

 

 

Art & Museum Magazine has published my article.

One night his world changed after being arrested and imprisoned for 5 years. Whilst incarcerated he pushed himself to the limit, to learn a new trade and come out with an ensemble of works to silence the critics.

Julio, a self-taught painter, was appalled at the tactics that Trump used to rally support and win votes in the US elections. “My piece titled: A TRAMP WITHOUT RAGS has been the most time-consuming piece I have created, it is my depiction of the vile individual I think Trump is without going anywhere near the gutter where I think his rhetoric roams.”

His work is a cocktail that consists of a double dosage of beauty, a large measure of vibrant colours, with a touch of subtle connotations and finished with a gentle political stir to shine a light on the many issues he feels passionate about and that the governments and multi nationals are constantly abusing and covering up. It is served in a fish bowl glass to share.

His Article is on page 47 of the great Art and Museum magazine at:

Art & Museum Magazine

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DESCENDING MAGIC

Loving Amy. I am happy to have completed and share my latest painting, a tribute to the talented Amy Winehouse. Her sadly short lived live inspired me to paint her and keep her memory alive.

DECENDING MAGIC LR

 

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I meet Julio one night at a trendy art exhibition he’s involved in, in a converted back-street tunnel in South London. Outside, it’s a miserable November night, filled with relentless rain and bitter, sobering winds and people walk through the door happy to finally be warm and dry. It’s the kind of night where you wonder if you might have been better off staying at home in your pyjamas and barricading the doors, but here we ar…

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WINNING NIGHT… GLOBAL ARTS AWARD DUBAI TONIGHT

A big hello to all you friends! On a cold day like this, I thought I share some warm news which will be printed tomorrow on my local paper covering my nomination for the Global Arts Awards New Comer taking place tonight in Dubai

You can see the full article at: Islington Gazette

Printed article preview.

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ANNOUNCED FINALIST IN THE SECOND GLOBAL ART AWARDS DUBAI

I have been named finalist in the second Global Art Awards recognising excellence and innovation in art and design, and will be going forwards to the grand final of the prestigious awards taking place at the FIVE Jumeirah Palm Dubai on 21st November 2018.

My painting Tree Of Life, has been singled out for praise by the judges, in the New Comer Category.

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I will also have the chance to be named The Best Global Artist of 2018, which is awarded to one outstanding overall winner, who will also win an exhibition in Abu Dhabi as well as the life-long title.

Dubbed “The Oscars for the Visual Arts”, The Global Art Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of artists from across the globe. There are 16 visual arts categories, ranging from photography, street art, illustration and painting to awards recognising individual artists, including Best Newcomer; Best Sculpture Artist Award; Best Innovative Artist Award as well as the highly illustrious Best Emirati Artist Award.

“It’s a great honour to be named a finalist in the Global Art Awards and I am delighted to be able to join such a fantastic, roll-call of artistic talent heading for the awards in Dubai. These awards really do single out the best, most exciting artists working today, to celebrate their achievements, and I am honoured to be among them.”

Joëlle Dinnage, Founder and Director of the Global Art Awards said, “We created the awards a year ago to establish an inspirational international art competition on a global scale. Artists who were successful last time have gone on to gain recognition and commissions, travel and attend exhibitions and receive a real boost to their careers.

“This year, standards have been exceptionally high and the competition has been fierce across all categories. Congratulations to all the finalists. We look forward to seeing them in Dubai.”

The awards ceremony takes place on the evening of Thursday 21st November 2018 at the 16th floor Penthouse FIVE Jumeirah Palm against the backdrop of the astonishing Dubai skyline.

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