Jules George has been a professional artist since leaving Staffordshire University in 1992. He completed his masters at Edinburgh College of Art in 1998 and now lives and works in Suffolk. He has exhibited in a number of one man and group shows in the UK and abroad. Highlights include ‘Into the Valley – Scenes of an Afghan Conflict’ shown at Bonhams, London 2011 and Bonhams, Edinburgh 2012, ‘Promenade’ at the Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh 2008 and ‘It’s No Palm Beach’ shown at The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh 2004/05. His work has been commissioned and collected by individuals and organisations including Edinburgh City Council, Laing O’Rourke, National Army Museum, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Southampton University and York Art Gallery.
2022 Two Ways of Seeing, Gallery East, Suffolk
2018 Portrait of Ewen Bremner included The Modern Portrait exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
2016 Pipes and Drums, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh following his work as official artist in residence at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015
2014-2015 Weighing Anchor, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
2013, 2014 Unseen Enemy, the National Army Museum, London
2012 ‘Into The Valley: Scenes of an Afghan Conflict’ Bonhams, Edinburgh, ‘Drawn To Danger: Artists in Conflict’ Snibston Discovery Museum, Leicestershire
2011-2013 ‘Contemporary Interventions’ (War Drawings) York Art Gallery
2011, ‘Into The Valley: Scenes of an Afghan Conflict’ Bonhams, London
2011, ‘It is Always Morning Somewhere in the World’ Snape Maltings Gallery,Suffolk
2008 ‘Promenade’ The Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh
2006 ‘Oxford Prints’ Said Gallery, Oxford University, ‘Originals’ Mall Galleries, London
2002, 2005 ‘Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Mall Galleries, London
2005 ‘Garrick Milne Portrait Prize’ Christies, London, It’s No Palm Beach’ City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
2003 ‘It’s No Palm Beach’ Archives & Museum of Black Heritage, London, ‘A Printer’s Miscellany’ Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh
2000 'Prints ': Hans Masreel Centre, Kasterlee, Belgium
1999 'It’s No Palm Beach’ : Huntly House Museum, Edinburgh
1998 Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, London,‘Discerning Eye’ : Williamson Museum & Art Gallery, Birkenhead
1997 Morrison Scottish Portrait Awards’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
1996 ‘Brent & Jules’ : Cyberia Gallery, Edinburgh, African Journeys’ : Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh
1995 Society of Scottish Artists Pier Gallery, Stromness, Orkney
1994 Society of Scottish Artists ,Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
1991 ‘A Broad Horizon’ Stoke-on-Trent Museum & Art Gallery.
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For several years I worked on various projects with elements of both the British Army and Royal Navy, visiting in the process places such as Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and the Falkland Islands. These were greatly evocative and profound experiences and I met many extraordinary and remarkable men and women.
Not being a soldier or sailor there came a time when I needed to move on. This though was not as simple as it appeared, I had become used to the associated aspects of adventure and camaraderie, to the excitement and adrenaline and initially found it a challenge to find a replacement that fuelled both my life and work as an artist.
Over time however, I have been drawn back to the landscape with a renewed sense of interest and purpose. It is somehow a deeper and more symbolic connection, reflecting perhaps my focus on light and life, beauty and optimism away from the darker elements or aspects of life. Like many of us, over the last couple of years, I have spent much time wondering the countryside. These have been spiritual journeys to contemplate and commune with the natural world around, whilst seeking the light and a sense of the sublime through drawings of trees, pathways, beaches or seas. These drawings form the basis of my paintings and woodcut prints, often enthused with figures wandering through the landscapes, perhaps searching for some sort of message, higher purpose or meaning.
Extending to this repertoire I have been making paintings ‘in situ’, studying and unravelling themes, whilst occasionally adding buildings of historical, cultural or iconic significance. Indeed, this sense of the past, routed in the ancient cultures from the estuaries and coasts of Suffolk, is an important component in my quest to realise images that speak on both a spiritual and timeless level.
Jules George Suffolk April 2022