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  Julia Townsend
  Julia TownsendIn my paintings I tell stories from my surreal, often humorous subconscious where I develop characters and create appealing, or sometimes repelling, environments. Loose ends can remain loose, dreams appear in fragments, questions remain unanswered, and the demons that hold me back, simultaneously cheer me on. Described by a critic as “Post-Pop,” my work combines different styles of painting and offers multiple interpretations, as a direct metaphor of the complexities, twists and turns of experience...more

Born Pennsylvania, USA. Lives Dubai, UAE and Istanbul, Turkey
MFA University of Delaware 1995
BA Vassar College 1988
Certificate Turkish Traditional Decorative Art “Tehzip,” Topkapi Palace,Istanbul 2002

Painting and kayaking for charities in Oman


Zeynep the Seagull of Galata Tower  Children’s picture book. (take a look) 2003

Citlembik Publications, Istanbul  www.citlembik.com.tr (for ordering copies of Zeynep in Europe/Middle East)

Nettleberry Press, USA  www.nettleberry.com (for ordering copies of Zeynep in North America) 

Free-lance: editorial, advertising, private commissions. Clients include J&B Whiskey, Pantene Shampoo, Lale Magazine, Liberty Magazine, Point of Design, Diera Tower Estates          

Bibliography TimeOut Dubai October 2006
TimeOut Dubai October 2006
“Galata Kulesi’nin Martisi Zeynep,” Milliyet, September 11, 2005
“ExPat Profile: Julia Townsend Illustrations,” Liberty, January 2005 pp54-56
 “Colour Kaleidescope,” Citylife, August/September 2004 p 91
“Julia Townsend Sergisi,” Vizyon, September 2001
“Kirmizilar ve Resimler,” Istanbul Life, September 2001
“Sürealizm,” Marie Claire, November, 1999 (Turkish Edition)
“Art on Show at Yantra,” Turkish Business World, November, 1999 pp54-55         
Istanbul Map of Culture and Arts November, 1999, “In the Pallor” reproduction
“Julia Townsend’s Paintings,”  Turkish Daily News, October 11, 1998. (Istanbul)
Greenspan, Ronnie, “Summer Wonders – Art Beat,” EastSider, July 23, 1997
Silecchia, Linda M., “Gallery Page - Julia Townsend,” Xsmagazine, August 20-26, 1996
Werneburg, Brigitte, “Auch irgendwie knapp daneben. Kunst in Berlin jetzt: Achse Nord,
Julia Townsend, Rainer Korb, Michael Friedrichs-Friedlander und Sven Thomas,” Die Tageszeitung, November 7, 1992. (Berlin)

Recent Solo Exhibitions

2006 4 + 4, Eight Artists at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Center
Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
2003 “Selections from Zeynep - Children’s Book by Julia Townsend” at the American University in Dubai


“Julia Townsend” Paintings, sculptures, drawings at the Marmara Hotel
Taksim, Istanbul
1999 “O’Fantasya” Paintings, sculptures, drawings at Yantra Gallery, Istanbul
1998 “Solo Exhibition: Paintings by Julia Townsend,” Koç University, Istanbul
Recent Group Exhibitions  
2006  4 + 4, Eight Artists at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Center
Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
2006, 05, 04  “Summer Collection,” XVA Gallery, Dubai
2005 “Innocents Abroad: An Evening of Travel Art/Poetry” 
with Daniel Pendergrass and Jim Henry, XVA Gallery, Dubai
2005  Faculty Exhibition, Department of Visual Communication,
American University in Dubai, The Courtyard Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai
2005  “Art and Sole,” charity exhibition of painted shoes for Medecins Sans Frontiers, Dubai
2004 Faculty Exhibition, Department of Visual Communication,
American University in Dubai
2000  Co-curated and participated in “Piyano” art and music exhibition
The Piano Center,  Istanbul


Web Sites / Public Art   


“Camel Caravan” Sponsored by Emirates Airlines to paint life-size camel sculptures for public display in Dubai www.camelcaravan.ae

2002, 2004

“Opera” and 10-year Anniversary Window Decorating Contest, Akmerkez Center Shopping Istanbul, Turkey.  Second place, Honorable Mention


“Chips, Swings, and Ottoman Cemeteries”  CultureLounge.com (San Francisco)