Julika’s work is an expressionistic fusion of influences from Velasquez, Sargent, Schiele to Rauchenberg. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she went on to study painting in Florence, and from this classical and disciplined background Julika has used life experiences to develop a more lively and uninhibited style of painting, reflecting the nuances of her everyday contemporary world. A fascination for human form and a deep understanding of the human body blend with her free and easy manner, culminating in a relaxed and contemporary style of portrait painting. Her enthusiasm for travel is reflected in the understanding and harmony of colour and light which she so successfully combines to reveal the timeless nature of the scenes she paints. Julika would admit that her traditionally honed skills are strongly suggestive of the Dutch School, but nevertheless her paintings are refreshingly modern.
“...conversations punctuate our existence, they can be a full-stop, an exclamation mark or sometimes a new beginning. They can happen casually, with intent or in silence. Her works are snapshots of real life, but their meaning lies in the perception of the onlooker, who fills in the blanks...”
Julika has exhibited internationally since 1996 in Amsterdam, Italy and New York. She works primarily as a portrait artist but also relishes an opportunity to note a subtle scene or turn her hand to a landscape.