Julia Abele

Julia Abele

Heidelberg, Germany

About Julia Abele

I am a figurative painter. I do not have a favourite colour. I like acrylics for their quick results. I like oil because of the smell. I love old masters. I Iove some modern masters also.

If I had been an old master I would most likely have painted still lifes what with being intrigued by the subject of Vanitas, or the momentariness of life.

Nowadays, all varieties of classic still lifes seem to have been painted, which is why I keep looking for other ways to capture the transitory aspects of modern life without the help of decaying food or dead birds. For my latest series, my sketchbook has been a little battered Japanese camera (Digital Harinezumi). According to its manufacturer it is re-inventing what is around us. With its blurs, distortions and inaccurate colours it helps me to add a snapshot quality to my paintings, while I am trying to illustrate the melancholy and the inevitability of the constant change around me.

Change seems to be the leitmotiv for the upcoming year, as I am recently moving back and forth between portrait, landscape and still life. Always in search of a new form of expression, I keep switching between a simple freestyle and a more realistic manner.

Acrylics are the perfect medium for what I currently paint as they dry fast, provide immediate results and allow me to stay flexible in terms of style. For the time being I seem to have found my tools and subject, but that will keep changing. Inevitably.



University of Heidelberg
University of London (Royal Holloway)


September 11-13, 2020
Coming home "Kommen Sie nach Hause"
Group Exhibition, Heidelberg

October 19, 2019
Open House Day "Tag des Offenen Ateliers" Heidelberg

June 12 – August 20, 2018
“Steve’s B&B” at 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Piccadilly, London

June – July, 2016
Solo Exhibition „Cityscapes“ Neuenheimer Apotheke Brückenstraße 35, Heidelberg

June 2016
Featured in British Vogue „A Vogue Interior“, Centenary Edition

January 13 – 23, 2014
art below „Art of Angel“ (Angel Tube Station + Candid Art‘s Trust, London)

December 1, 2012
Amsterdam Showcase (group exhibition) De Oude Kerk (Global Art Agency)

November 24 – 25, 2012
Intermezzo (group exhibition with two fellow artists) – Rohrbacherstrasse 79, Heidelberg

July 14, 2012
Barcelona Summer Showcase (Group Exhibition) Casa Batlló (Global Art Agency)

Aug 1 – Oct 30, 2012
Solo exhibition „Portraits etc.“ Bürgeramt Mitte, Heidelberg

October 12 – 14, 2012
Parallax Art Fair (group exhibition), Chelsea Town Hall, London

December 10, 2011
Barcelona Showcase (group exhibition), Casa Batlló, Barcelona (Global Art Agency)

October, 6 – 9, 2011
Palace Art Fair (group exhibition), London (organized by Brighton Art Fair)