Julia Olson

Julia Olson makes paintings and drawings. By taking daily life as subject matter Olson creates in situ, or later in the studio after doing studies.

Living abroad and traveling through foreign countries, her paintings are characterised by people, objects and landscape from a Western gaze in which connection plays an important role. By contesting the division between herself and “the other,” she investigates the dynamics and beauty of underlying kinships.

Her works establish a link between an inner and outer reality founded on the idea of the metaphorical veil – a connector, not a separator. These works focus on questions that underline connection in a visual record of the everyday. By exploring the concepts of landscape, still life and portrait she absorbs the tradition of the seemingly mundane into a daily contemplative practice.

She seduces the viewer into a world straddling a veil, representing not a curtain, but a line that indelibly connects two realities like a soul and a body. Moments are depicted that punctuate an emotional and spiritual connection. The goal: find poetic meaning in everyday life.

Julia Olson currently lives and works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.