Julie Roberts, ‘Feral Child (Lindsay)’, 2008, Andréhn-Schiptjenko

About Julie Roberts

In her unsettling paintings, prints, and drawings, Julie Roberts mines her own difficult childhood to portray what she calls the “disruption” lurking beneath the placid façade of bucolic landscapes and domestic scenes. Grounded in her extensive research into the modern history of the U.K., and influenced by a range of artists, from Barbara Kruger to Jenny Holzer, Roberts’s work is dense with detail and references. In her earlier paintings, she isolated shrunken objects, including pieces of hospital furniture, and dollhouse-like domestic spaces and landscapes, against monochromatic backgrounds, causing them to appear disquieting and pregnant with secrets. Eventually, as she describes, she “slowly started creeping toward the edge of the canvas,” filling every inch with women, children, and homey spaces rendered with a deadpan formality that both conceals and suggests the turbulence they contain within.

British , b. 1963, Flint, United Kingdom, based in Glasgow, United Kingdom