We are very proud to present Julie Roberts’ fourth solo show at the gallery.
Roberts is widely exhibited internationally and was first introduced to an international audience at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Most recently her work has been seen in a large solo show at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland with an accompanying catalogue.
Since the mid-1990s Roberts’ subject matter has been the exploration of power. She has trained her forensic eye over some of the most difficult and darkest of subjects: death, violence, and the historic constraint of women's bodies by systems such as medicine and psychiatry. Her unique contribution is her combination of the eye and skills of a very traditional painter with the research-orientated mindset of a conceptual artist.
The new paintings and drawings that will be shown at Andréhn-Schiptjenko are rigorously constructed and highly stylised works reminiscent of children's books or instruction manuals.
They are drawn from historic archives and she has focused on the emergence and development of Barnardo’s Homes, child evacuees and children in foster care. These images of children are gentler in tone and technically even more complex than before and, even if these paintings are specific, historic portraits of children affected by some of the twentieth century’s great upheavals, they become universal portraits of the abandoned child, heroic survivors in a violent and harsh world rather than tied to a certain historic time.
Roberts is represented in numerous public and private collections worldwide including The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Indianapolis Art Museum, Indiana, the Tate Gallery, London, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, The National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris and Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Oporto, Portugal.
Julie Roberts lives and works in England.