Julian Raven

Julian Raven

Elmira, NY, United States

About Julian Raven

Julian Raven is an abstract expressionist & Abstract Impressionist painter & sculptor.

He was born in Richmond-Upon-Thames in London, England. He was raised on the Mediterranean, in Marbella, Southern Spain.

At a young age he exhibited a natural inclination towards the visual arts. Winning school art shows demonstrated his talent as a child artist. Raven studied art in Spain and in London at the Chelsea School of Art.

He has used his artistic 2D and 3D skills in his custom woodworking and cabinetmaking business he had for many years. But the goal was to return to the canvas, when economically possible, which he did in the summer of 2013. This was a natural transition since his work was always his art even though for a season it was more craft like in the creation of fine furniture.

Julian Raven lives secluded in the wooded hills of the Allegheny Plateau, which is in the northern part of Appalachia on 20 acres of land located in Elmira, New York. He is married and has three children.

Artist.

Thinking spatially, 3 dimensionally and in color comes naturally to Raven. Images rapidly fill the inner spaces in the studio in his head, that his eyes perceive in the world. Most of his work is done 'upstairs' in his inner studio. For years he has developed his skills in inner vision development and design, enabling him to create simultaneously whilst doing other things, even mundane chores.

Raven's work reflects his bold, bright and passionate personality. His great liberty of spirit is reflected in his bold, pure and direct use of color. His work is vibrant, full of energy, drama and power. His paintings are alive, they pulsate with creative energy and spiritual freedom.

This gifting, he has discovered, works across many realms of creative life. Artistically, it functions in different media, both two-dimensionally and three-dimensionally, whether painting, designing, cabinet making or woodworking. They all work as dramatic stages upon which Julian Raven's gifts perform.

It is however, the visual arts, to which Raven's curious, divergent, creative and inquisitive mind ultimately resonates. Flux and change are natural to the artistic flow within Julian. The new and fresh artistic vision drives him onwards. Connecting with his deep inner-world and releasing the creative experiences through his art is destiny to him. His art is the one source of expression that keeps pace with the unfolding imagery, visions and ideas that develop within.

Julian Raven's search for the 'ultimate language' is on. The desire to download intelligibly to you and to the world around him produces this ever-constant tension and challenge. These elements drive the engines within to create, to invent and to produce, until that which is unseen can be understood!

“Using my advanced brushless ‘drip & splash’ technique, I am able to achieve profound depths of both inner world human abstract expressions and outer world natural impressions. I love the freedom and power that my technique facilitates.

My brushless ‘Drip & Splash’ technique is incredible in its flexibility and fluidity. In my abstract paintings is allows me huge reach in both the development of fantastic lines as well as complex layered textures. I use large amounts of paint in both my abstract expressionist paintings and my post impressionist paintings. My paintings start large and can get huge. It is an awesome experience to be able to create balanced compositions on such huge canvases. Vibrant color, unhindered use of masses of paint, allows me to create great textures and energy packed large abstract paintings. Even my impressionist paintings are bold and full of life. The scale of my lines and the fluid application of paint brings to life my naturally inspired paintings. "

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Education

Raven studied in Spain under the British Schooling system. Art O and A levels under US Artist David Bodlak. Raven then attended the prestigious Chelsea School of Art and Design in 1988.

This 'art' school experience did not last long. After a season of figure drawing Raven embarked on the Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Art school was an incredible facility with everything an artist could desire to experiment with. Raven spent all of his time, including his lunch breaks in some new studio gaining as wide and varied experience as possible. The courses focused on drawing, painting and sculpture. He added printing, especially etchings, black and white photography and developing. It was a playground for his inquisitive mind.

But it was not to last, coming from the bright and vibrant Spanish culture and under the encouraging and positive instruction of David Bodlak, the British system was just depressing. Many of the instructors were very negative and hyper critical stealing the joy. Already struggling with un-answered existential questions, Raven eventually left the school finding no rest or peace there for his spiritual angst. Depression weighed heavily upon his heart and the negative environment did not help...

The School Of Life has been Raven's greatest instructors. Having had an exciting and multicultural life experience, has both educated and freed him to develop himself as an individual, rather than being formed by the passing fads and fancies of an institution.

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“Using my advanced brushless ‘drip & splash’ technique, I am able to achieve profound depths of both inner world human abstract expressions and outer world natural impressions. I love the freedom and power that my technique facilitates.

My brushless ‘Drip & Splash’ technique is incredible in its flexibility and fluidity. In my abstract paintings is allows me huge reach in both the development of fantastic lines as well as complex layered textures. I use large amounts of paint in both my abstract expressionist paintings and my post impressionist paintings. My paintings start large and can get huge. It is an awesome experience to be able to create balanced compositions on such huge canvases. Vibrant color, unhindered use of masses of paint, allows me to create great textures and energy packed large abstract paintings. Even my impressionist paintings are bold and full of life. The scale of my lines and the fluid application of paint brings to life my naturally inspired paintings.

Passion, intensity, energy, vibrancy, beauty, joy and spirit are some of the components of life that feed my soul, fuel my drive and thus burst with desire to come out in my art work. My abstract paintings are subconscious efforts to express these attributes of our human experience. My abstract expressionist goals are to capture these powerful life forces, experiences and emotions and record them through my paintings. These contagious and intoxicating life ingredients can be viscerally experienced by those who acquire my work.

My abstract impressionist and post impressionist paintings are my way of echoing my experience as I pass through this world of divine beauty. The thick, rich colored layers and textures, coupled by the wild and untamed movement, color and composition of natures images grab my attention. As much as I love well ordered, designed and manicured natural arrangements, I find the wild and unplanned wildflowers and ‘chaotic’ scenery captures my heart. It is the spectacular seasons I experience up here in New York than keep me captive and prisoner to their schedule and rhythm. I cannot help but be captivated by what I see, my eyes wander where ever I go, yearning to feast on some new unseen arrangement of unplanned wild nature.

I love being an artist and I love the world God has made for me to delight myself in.

Thank you for enjoying my art,

Sincerely,

Julian Raven”

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