In order to capture the intense movement of the body, Munsey vigorously studies her subjects, often dancers or performers, as they twist and turn through space. Only then is it that she begins to draw as much of the body that captures her attention. The dissonance between the precise marks of the artist and the fleeting, ephemeral movements of the performing dancers manifests itself in layered, tableau-esque portraits. Multiple bodies, perspectives and lines evoke a dream-like sense where dramatic form inhabits a nonspecific space. There is a balance within the work between the lessening of detail of features against the definite curves of the body.
The Royal Opera Arcade exhibition comprises works that reveal Julia Munsey's different and evolving styles of work. As Julia captures the drama of her subjects, the work features a range of mediums from fine line pencils to the bold fluid marks of ink. Munsey is currently working straight in acrylic paint as a preferred medium to create a visual feast of colours. However she was one of the first people to experiment with the original acrylic paint when she was a student at the Slade.
There is often a surreal element within the work through the play between presence and an absence. Julia has an awareness of space and a sense of special mapping which is very poignant within her earlier work.
Julia Munsey trained at The Slade School of Art under the tuition of Euan Uglow. After teaching at Maidstone School of Art she then trained as a Jungian psychotherapist. It was then seeing an article about the opening of the Prince's Drawing School that Munsey re-immersed herself in the world of drawing and enrolled at the school. Munsey's intrigue into how people present themselves is a concept that has a great force within her artwork throughout the different pathways of her career.
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