‘Young Dryad’ by Julia Lundman
Artist: Julia Lundman
Title: ‘Young Dryad’
Medium: Oil and 22k gold on wood panel
Dimensions: 13″ x 13″
Framing: Outer border is the frame (gilded in 22k gold)
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artwork:
“Jacob Grimm described Ostara as “the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light”. Most of my work expresses my interested in pre-Christian deities, the relationship between myth and the land, and how ancient people saw themselves as a part of an ecosystem. I tried to create a vision of what she might have looked like using acrylic and shimmery pieces of gold and silver that reflect in the light.” – Julia Lundman
About the Artist:
Julia Lundman is both a traditional fine artist and seasoned commercial artist in San Francisco, creating paintings and drawings inspired by myth, folklore and fantasy. Painting in oil or acrylic, her process begins with sketching, developing ideas further on paper or canvas. Her technique moves from a detailed underpainting (grisaille) to glazed layers of color and refined detail, utilizing historic art traditions, often incorporating natural material collage like gold leaf, oxidized metals, pressed flowers and leaves.
Julia graduated from the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago in 1993. She began her professional career as a background painter at Calabash Animation, a traditional animation studio representing General Mills, and designed on two independent short films, “Heads Will Roll” (Dir. Wayne Brejcha) and visual art direction on “Stubble Trubble” (Dir. Joe Merideth), nominated for an Academy Award in 2000 in the Animated Shorts category.
Her experience brought her to San Francisco to work in games at Electronic Arts, Zynga, and Disney Interactive, where she Art Directed mobile game “Kitchen Scramble”. After which, she Art Directed three seasons of the animated tv series, “Disney Junior’s Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets”, (Disney Plus) created and produced at Ghostbot in San Francisco. She also illustrated a Little Golden Book for the Palace Pets. Her fine art work has been published in Infected by Art, volumes 8, 9 and 10, and Imagine FX magazine.
She is currently focusing her portfolio on illustration, fine art, and book projects.