Julie Roberts was born in North Wales in 1963, and lives and works in Carlisle, England. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Arts MFA programme in 1990 she has exhibited extensively in Europe, USA, and South America, and was included in the Aperto, at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and in the British Art Show 5 in 1995. She is included in the collections of Tate Britain and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, as well as museum and private collections throughout the world.
During the first ten years of her practice her paintings were associated with a strong visual iconography consisting of a single image, (usually medical) isolated against a saturated colour ground, which gradually extended itself into tableau settings. Her painting style eloquently balances a stark and sophisticated contemporary gaze with a nostalgic though unsettling glimpse of human frailties. This balance always strikes to maximise the tension between attraction and repulsion, the real and the perceived and between abstraction and figuration.