I pay tribute to Captain Major Tom Moore and celebrate our eldest generation by inviting people to share their images of their loved ones with a chance to have their photograph turned into a painted portrait.

Now, more than ever we need to celebrate the bravery, resilience and strength shown by our elderly population as they struggle with our year-long pandemic.

Almost 30,000 more care home residents in England and Wales died during the coronavirus outbreak than during the same period in 2019, ONS figures show. But only two-thirds were directly attributable to Covid-19. The Office for National Statistics figures are the first to reveal the full toll on care homes, including deaths that happened in hospital.

There were just over 66,000 deaths of care home residents in England and Wales between 2 March and 12 June this year, compared to just under 37,000 deaths last year. Covid-19 was the leading cause of death for male care home residents, accounting for a third of all deaths, and the second most-common cause of death for female residents, after dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.my father passed away in 2019  and after returning to the UK, he started to look broadly at the issues that affect the elderly away from his immediate surrounding in Islington, North London. Where he makes sure he keeps in touch with several of his elderly neighbours who live alone.

In April 2020, shortly after the lockdown in the UK, his grandmother passed way. Due to travel restrictions during the pandemic it was impossible for Julio to go and pay his last respects and due to that sad loss, as well as the lockdown, it kick started Julio to do a portrait of his grandmother, ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as a tribute to her loving memory. The great power of the arts as a therapy enabled him to mourn his great loss and embarked him on what turned out to   be the start to the series ‘Golden Years’ he had been planning to do, followed by a portrait titled ‘Captain Sir Tom Moore’ as a tribute to him for his walk to raise money for the NHS and his human skills to bring the country together.

The piece was to pay tribute to those who have worked so hard to keep the country going throughout the pandemic, including NHS staff and, of course, our hero Captain Tom”.

I wanted to give everyone a chance to be the in with a chance to have the ‘Golden Oldie’ in their life to be painted by himself and be included in the series.

All people need to do is to  submit a photograph of them with a couple of sentences as to why they are so special to you.

Just send to julio@juliocesarts.com

My full body of works can be seen at www.juliocesarts.com

WE ALL KNOW A GREAT SENIOR PERSON IN OUR LIVES!

SUBMIT A PHOTO OF YOUR SENIOR LOVED ONE FOR THE CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR PORTRAIT PAINTED FOR MY GOLDEN YEARS PAINTING SERIES.

Warm wishes to all of you earthlings! 
Today I have reached the mile stone of being alive for half a century on this beautiful planet and decided to place a call out for every one of you out there to submit a photograph of a special senior person in your life with a few words explaining why they are so special to you with the aim to choose one of the photos to paint and be part of my ongoing series of portrait paintings titled ‘The Golden years’ 
You can see the four paintings that I have produced so far for the series at https://lnkd.in/g-qt4Mi

You can post your photos here or if you prefer, you can email them to julio@juliocesarts.com

I encourage you to share the post and to take part in bringing people together in these difficult times that we are all living through and to honour the older generations that have been so strong during these strange times. 

Looking forward to seeing your entries!

All the best,

Julio

TO LOVE AND TO HOLD

Highlander Painting Auction in Aid of The Lost One Dog Rescue

Dear friends, 
I have donated a painting to auction and raise funds to help a dog rescue project based in Romania that does great work and are struggling to cover the costs of keeping the animals they are caring for, so kindly asking you to please bid for the painting by clicking on the link below:
https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/auction/detail/auction_id/4739/show_id/108315

or to make a small donation by clicking: https://lnkd.in/gADGKJ8

Thanking you in advance.

Julio

LOVING BOB

LOVING BOB

Loving Bob.
Acrylic on Canvas 80x60cm
This is one of eight paintings of my series “Loving Them” on legendary musicians that I have listened and appreciated as I journeyed through life and that are sadly not longer with us but whose work I still very much love!

Name one of your favourite musicians that has passed away…

UNKNOWN LOVE – SPECIAL PURCHASE

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Original artwork. Acrylic on Paper 32x22Inch.

Created 2012

Unknown love, was the third early work created three months after discovering my new passion for painting and the beginning of my journey in prison, in 2012.

This painting was inspired by a reoccurring dream of a woman standing on the water and whose face I could not see or recognised and that would disappear as I walked toward her. Looking back I can only assume that it was due to the uncertainty of a passionate experience would take place.

That was a very hard time in my life. I had been detained in March and was just denied bail and my old life was crushed. I had to close my photography studio and hand my life and myself over to complete uncertainty. I lost control over what would happen next.

Here was where I discovered the calming therapy of painting.

The painful loss of an old life led to a new beginning for me and that is why I have included this work in the special purchase collection. I hope it brings a sense of renewal in the most difficult of times.

 

To view all the selected works go to: https://juliocesarts.com/special-purchases/index.html

DEEP IN THOUGHT – SPECIAL PURCHASE

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SPECIAL PURCHASE

Title : DEEP IN THOUGHT

Original artwork. Acrylic on Paper 22x22Inch.

Created 2012

This piece was one of my earlier works from 2012, having discovered the benefits of painting while at the lowest point of my life having landed in prison for retaliatig to an assault from a bouncer at a club.

The inspiration behind this piece was the totl isolation i was experiencing at that time and having had the first visit to the prison library and looked at a book on picasso’s cubist works earlier that day, I wanted to attempt to something with that in mind and this is the end result.

I have selected it for the special purchase collection as I feel that it would be great for it to have a place at someone’s home where it would be appreciated as art and that they see the great chance of adding it to their collection.

To see the full collection go to: https://juliocesarts.com/special-purchases/index.html

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BLOSSOM – SPECIAL PURCHASE

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SPECIAL PURCHASE

Title : BLOSSOM

Original artwork. Acrylic on Canvas 26x26Inch.

Created 2020

This has been my latest work, created during our lockdown weeks. This piece was inspired by the great spells of sunshine and temperatures above normal for this time of the year, warmly welcome during these out of the ordinary times and a reminder of the power of nature and uplifting sun.

The work is a celebration of the beauty of nature,  the colours of flora and the sweet sound of birds tweeting outside my window, replacing the continuous car engine sounds of usual times, but these are not usual times and the persuasive call of nature is enticing me to break away from the city life I have lived all my adult life.

I have selected this as one of the paintings to offer in the special purchase selection, as I feel it would bring joy to someone’s home or workplace.

Blossom

SCRABBLE

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SPECIAL PURCHASE

Title : SCRABBLE

Original artwork. Acrylic on canvas 20.5X17.5 Inch.

2019 was a very hard year for me due to the loss of my father and my favourite uncle in a space of four moths. Throughout that time, when there were questions, feelings and emotions in my mind, I turned to my painting in order to put into context  all those elements where light colours and layers make sense once the work was complete.

Like all my works, the idea of negativity or darkness is discarded from the beginning, as I do not see the need of including those factors when trying to simply depict my state of mind at any given time and knowing that there are plenty of positive things in one’s life at most times, and that by taking time to look around at the world around us there are people that have nothing. I hope that this special purchase will bring context and positivity to the viewer.

To view the selection go to: https://juliocesarts.com/special-purchases/index.html

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MARS GALLOP – SPECIAL PURCHASE

 

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SPECIAL PURCHASE

Title : MARS GALLOP

Original artwork. Acrylic on Canvas  40X30cm.

 Created 2017

Mars Gallop was inspired by the beauty of horses and calming effect of watching them galloping in countless films and documentaries. In this work I combined their majestic splendour in a fairy-tale environment along with red, one of my favourite colours.

I have chosen this work along with Free Spirit to be included in the special purchase selection to be sold either as a pair or individually. I would like them to be on display bringing a sense of unfettered joy to a new owner and their surroundings.

 

To see more please visit https://juliocesarts.com/special-purchases/index.html

ANGUS – SPECIAL PURCHASE SELECTION

SPECIAL PURCHASE

Title : ANGUS

Original artwork. Acrylic on canvas  26x26Inch.

Created 2020

This year started badly for humanity, worldwide with what now is the world pandemic, the halt of the business world as we know it and complete shut down in many areas. The one thing that has benefitted from this is the planet, nature been given a break from pollution and this is my friend Angus, having a cheeky laugh at our situation.

The first painting tittle the Highland Moo was very popular, so I have decided to include Angus in the special purchase selection to brighten up someone’s home and remind us that there is some happiness even in this crisis.

Postage varies depending on the delivery location, speed of delivery and carrier, so is not included in the price and will be agreed once you have place your order.

If you have any questions, please contact me direct by calling UK +44(0)7852666177 or  by filling in  the  contact  form  in  the menu bar.

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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

 

 

MEET BUMBLE! MY RESCUED DOGGY

I like to wish you all a great weekend and a big hello to the new followers of my page!
This past Sunday, I was finally united with my adopted pet dog Bumble, who was rescued in Romania and after three days of travelling to the UK this photo was taken when it was handed over to me to take him to his loving forever home 🙂

Day of the handover.