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Artists > Julia Sorrell R.I. R.S.A.

1955   Born Westcliff-on-Sea, the daughter oe artists Elizabeth and Alan Sorrell

1968   Sells her first work, an embroidery picture

1970   Exhibits in the first of a series of eight Sorrell Family exhibitions lasting until 1987

1973-6 Studies Embroidery at Goldsmith's College, London under Constance Howard, and is strongly influenced by her drawing tutor Betty Swanwick R.A. Following the death of Alan Sorrell in 1974, she gradually starts to concentrate more on drawing and painting.

1975   First exhibits in the RA Summer Show, a drawing entitled "A Girl Opening the Curtain". purchased by the Annie Hugill Fund.

 1978-81  Studies drawing and painting as a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy  under Professor Peter Greenham and tutors Roderick Barrett, Norman Blamey, Olwyn Bowey, Antony Eyton, John Lessore, Denis lucas and Betty Swanwick. 

1980   Her self-portrait gains second prize in the first National Portrait Gallery Portrait Aware.

1981-2  She is sent to Durham by the National Portrait Gallery to paint Lord Ramsey, the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury. Her first year after leaving the R.A. Schools is spent mainly on portrait commissions, but she begins to develop her " Natural Forms" theme drawing coral, rocks, shells plants and trees.  

1982    Her portrait of Baron Famsey is unveiled in the NPG's Recent Acquisitions Exhibition

1983    Julia exhibits of the first time in the RWS Open Show

1984    Marries Ian Sanders and moved to Ceredigion, Wales.

1985    Her first son Henry is born, but she continues to work along side bringing up her family.  


 Her self-portrait and the portrait of Lord Ramsey go on tour as part of othe Arts Council "Portrait 80's" Exhibition. Her first painting with an overtly environmental message "Protect our Trees" is purchased by the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend. Her second son, Edward is born.

1993   Four of her botanical studies are used to promote Flora Britannica, edited by Richard Mabey, and one of her textile designs is used to promote Common Ground's Apple Day events.

1994   Her first one woman show at the Maas Gallery, Clifford Street, London.

          Her drawing of a rare black poplar tree is used to promote the Daily Telegraph/Tree Council 'Black Poplar Hunt'.

1996   Ten Drawings and paintings which form part of the Phillip Rieff Collection are exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Exhibits in the Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition. She is the Artist-in-Residence on a cruise ship for the first time, the Black Watch of Fred Olsen.

1997     Exhibits at the John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the Wold

1997-9  Two year Artist-in-Residency at Culford School, Bury St. Edmunds where she executes several commissions as part of the Historic Bridge and lake Conservation Project. Exhibits for the first time at the New English Art Club Exhibition, the Mall Galleries.

1998    One woman show at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital as part of their hospital Arts Project.

2000-6 Exhibits as part of the cooperative group "Artworks" at Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St. Edmunds. The first of seven artist-in-residencies for Swan Hellenic Cruise Line. Her visits to the Amazon, Borneo and especially Iceland inspire her further in her Natural Forms theme.

2001   One woman show at the Haus No 3 Gallery, Frickenhausen Germany.

2003   Exhibits for the first time in the New Grafton gallery.

2004   Takes part in the "Alan Sorrell Centenary Exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend.

Julia Sorrell R.I. R.S.A.


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