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Light and Colourful Compositions by Judy Southerland

A watercolour pencil drawing of a minimalist geometric formDrawing to Mind #19, watercolour pencil on paper

Today let’s look at the artwork of Judy Southerland. Judy has a widely varied practice that encompasses a wide range of media and styles, and yet seems quite cohesive. The artist’s light and colourful compositions are often highly conceptual, rife with historical and personal references.


an artwork featuring a round piece of fiberboard painted with oildetail, Outlier, oil on fiberboard

A screen capture of a gallery on Judy Southerland's art websiteJudy's latest series, Touch & Go, on her website

I enjoy the way that Judy tends to use a wide range of materials in a single work. One composition by the artist might include screen printing, painting, watercolour, collage and even bits of embroidery. The result is often a work of art that tells a complex narrative story, and invites the viewer to examine it more closely just to spot the different mediums that are being used.


Throughout her portfolio, Judy experiments with abstraction, figurative representation, and even some text art, occasionally throwing letter templates into a painting. I enjoy the works that she creates, such as in her Rules and Measures series, where multiple styles are combined and figures exist on an abstract ground.  


An abstract artwork with fabric bits attached to the canvasLong Gone (first version), acrylic, screenprinting, grommet, plastic mesh on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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