Julia Vanderbyl is a painter who works from her studio on Bundjalung Country, set in the rainforest of Byron Bay, Australia. Hovering between figuration and semi-abstraction, Julia’s paintings form interior, emotional worlds that mirror the exterior of her home. In a dual approach to figuration, the human and its surrounding space coexist in her imagery. 
Her figures are ritualised in a fluidification of forms and strokes, while her landscapes take on human shapes and characteristics. The ever-evolving merging of bodies and space allow Julia to develop a distinctive iconographic language that examines the complex dialogue between human and environment. 

Self-directed research and travel has underpinned Julia’s career and is essential to how she integrates creative influences with her life experience. Her first solo show Eternally Present In Absence opened in November, 2019 at Weird Fishes Studio in Paris, France. This was followed in March, 2020 by her fist solo show in Australia - Of the Anthropocene at Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne. Julia has participated in numerous group exhibitions, and activist art initiatives; some of which have been followed by publications such as Reuters, The Guardian and The Financial Times. 
Of The Anthropocene, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 
Eternally Present In Absence, Weird Fishes Studio, Paris, France. 

The Meaning of Things, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. 
Youth Group, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 
Open AirBrunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 
Portraiture - Or Not, House Conspiracy, Brisbane, Australia. 

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