HESELTINE, Julia Katrina

1933 - ?

Julia Heseltine (left) with her mother

Julia Katrina Heseltine, was born at St Pancras, London in 1933, daughter of Guy Robert Nelson Heseltine (1897-1967) and his wife Anna Katrina née Zinkeisen [q.v.], who married at Marylebone, London in 1928. Julia came from a family whose history has been strongly associated with painting, with her mother Anna (1901-1976) and aunt Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898-1991), both very well known painters in the mid 20th century. Assisted by her mother, Julia started painting at a very 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 Byam Shaw and 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 along side her traditional type of portraiture. The artist also paints animals and houses in landscape, either as a picture in their own right or as part of a portrait. She has her studio at Geranium Cottage, The Street, Tuddenham St Martin, Ipswich and has exhibited at Ohana Gallery; Savage Gallery; Clytie Jessop Gallery; Halesworth Gallery and Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge with solo exhibitions at Aldeburgh Gallery and Gallery 96, Cambridge. Julia has had commissions from Sir Lawrence Olivier, Alan Clark MP, Bamber Gascoigne, Joan Plowright and Ted Hughes and many others. She was married and has issue Tristan Sam Weller.

Works by This Artist