The work of Julian Perry described by Andrew Lambirth, Grayson Perry, and William Feaver.
Perry is a painter of modern man's often uneasy relationship with the natural landscape. Recent shows have featured paintings of the Lea Valley nature reserves with titles such as 'Owl Boxes with Light Pollution and Moonlight'. Or 'Coppicing for Nightingales'. His 2004 show at the London Guildhall Art Gallery was of Works about what I always think of as London's threadbare back garden. Epping Forest . It included depictions of a pond created by a V2 Rocket and trees with plastic hubcaps caught in their branches His seemingly traditional painting are always meticulously researched and often loaded with art historical references. Flooded Orchid Path II showing a wooden walkway zigzaging through a stand of leafless birches is reminiscent of Paul Nash's Second World War painting "The Mule Track".
Grayson Perry (No Relation) The Times 2007
Rocket Crater Pond in Snow II 2004 Oil on Panel 122.5 x 215cm
Collection of London Guildhall Art Gallery.
Julian Perry (born 1960) paints images of genuine topicality in an immaculate high-definition realist style. His show in 2007 dealt with the allotment sheds bulldozed by the relentless encroachment of the Olympic site. Since then he has been painting pictures of coastal erosion, visiting locations around England and composing hallucinatory images of deracination and loss.
Andrew Lambirth - The Spectator
Flooded Orchid Path II 2003 Oil on panel