ARTWORKS: Julia Groves and the alchemy of pigments

This year my continuing journey into the alchemy of pigments and paint making has led me to explore metal leaf.

I found learning how to do this more physical activity, than some of my detailed botanical work, was easier for me to engage with as it required a different kind of focus during lockdown.

The preciousness and impermanence of this human life were in my thoughts whilst making this work


These new paintings delve once again into the worlds of the rose and the poppy, with a focus on formal and symbolic qualities of light and shadows.


The pieces also have an ever-changing movement which is created as light plays with the lustre of the metal surface.

Julia Groves

Recent & new exhibitions

I am showing work at the Wildwood Gallery in Bury St Edmunds this summer, work can be seen at the gallery or is also on their website.

I will be exhibiting work as part of the Iceni Botanical Artists online exhibition from early October.