HESELTINE, Julia Katrina

1933 - 2023

Julia Heseltine

Julia Katrina Heseltine was born at St Pancras, London in 1933, daughter of Guy Robert Nelson Heseltine (1897-7 January 1967) and his wife, Anna Katrina née Zinkeisen, who married at Marylebone, London on 25 July 1928. Julia came from a family whose history has been strongly associated with painting, with her mother Anna and aunt Doris Clare Zinkeisen, both very well-known painters in the mid 20th century. Assisted by her mother, Julia started painting at an early age, with her first commission at the age of 16, being a portrait of Jonathon Porritt (aged four), who went on to become a key figure with Friends of the Earth. Julia studied at the Chelsea School of Art, the Byam Shaw School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools. Her portraits are varied and powerful, particularly her civic commissions, and she developed an exciting technique for compositional vignettes that add mystery and animation to her portraits. Julia developed another looser, more painterly style alongside her traditional type of portraiture. The artist also paints animals and houses in landscape, either as a picture or as part of a portrait. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and was a former member of the Royal Academy Schools East Anglia Group. Also showing at Ohana Gallery, Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia; Tracy Savage Fine Art Gallery, Scarborough; Clytie Jessop Gallery, Kings Road, Chelsea; Halesworth Gallery and Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge with solo exhibitions at Aldeburgh Gallery and Gallery 96, Cambridge. Julia had her studio at Geranium Cottage, The Street, Tuddenham St Martin, Ipswich and fulfilled commissions from Sir Lawrence Olivier, Alan Clark MP, Bamber Gascoigne, Joan Plowright and Ted Hughes and many others. She married at Chelsea, London in 1958, sculptor Charles Anthony Robert Weller (4 May 1927-1 October 1991) and had issue, Tristan Sam Weller, the couple separated in 1981. Julia Katrina Heseltine died in 2023.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 14 Alexander Place, London
1956 206 Robin
from 20 St Loo Mansions, St Loo Avenue, Chelsea
1967 1384 Autumn
         1387 Summer
1969 980 Forest

Works by This Artist