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Julie Silvester

A watercolour artist at first, Julie Silvester turned her hand to pastels in 1999 and now works solely in the medium. A lifelong fascination with water has been a constant inspiration for Julie, who spent a year camping along the coastline of Australia with her family in 1998.

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Her love of Western Australian land and seascapes is evident in the accuracy with which she manages to capture the fleeting movement of water, the dry dust of a lake bed or a coral bed rippling under the low tide. The coast line of Rottnest and rural Perth have been rendered in utmost detail for this Artist of the Month exhibition, Silvester balancing blue skies, sandy shores and crystal clear seas to create harmonious compositions. Her seascapes are both delicate and vibrant, Silvester having mastered the difficult art of achieving a tactile patina in pastels. The exhibition will run throughout January so pop in for a chance to view this impressive body of work by Julie Silvester.


Born Perth 1962

Julie Silvester paints mainly with pastels – being a dry medium it allows her to work spontaneously without waiting for paint to dry. Over the last few years she has enjoyed pushing this medium to its boundaries. Applying various textures and techniques to the painting surface before overlaying with the pastels to add another dimension to her work.

Julie has always enjoyed using the coast as a means of getting inspiration for her work. Its light and colour, its movement and ever changing moods has given her an endless supply of subject matter. In the past eight years, she has explored more inland areas of Western Australia and also the amazing array of salt lakes and estuaries that Western Australia has to offer.

Julie has been exhibiting throughout Western Australia in open and invitation only art exhibitions since 1992. Within this time she has received over 100 awards throughout the state.



2019 York Art Awards – 1st Prize Pastel

2019 City of Stirling – Best Local Artist

2019 Beverley Art Awards – 1st Prize Dry media

2018 Wagin Woolarama – 1st Prize Pastel

2018 Beverley Art Awards – Highly Commended

2018 Shire of Morawa – Best Work on Paper

2018 WA Pastel Society – 2nd Prize Pastel

2018 Newdegate Field – Rural Bank Prize

2018 Newdegate Field – 1st Prize Pastel

2018 Wickepin Art – Best Landscape

2017 York Art Awards – Best Theme Work

2017 Kondinin Art Show – Best Work on Paper

2017 Dalwallinu Arts Festival -1st Prize Pastel

2017 Wagin Woolarama  – 1st Prize Pastel

2017 Beverley Art Awards – Highly Commended

2017 Newdegate Field – Shire Aquisition

2017 Pinjarra Art Awards – Highly Commended

2016 Mukinbudin Spring Festival – Highly Commended

2016  Shark Bay Art Awards – 1st Prize

2016  City of Melville – Highly Commended

2016  Wagin Woolarama – 2nd Prize Pastel

2016  Beverley Art Awards – 1st Prize Pastel

2016  Pinjarra Rotary Club – 1st Prize Pastel

2016  Leonora Art Prize – Open Winner Drawing

2015  City of Melville – Highly Commended

2015  Shark Bay art awards – Commended

2015  City of Stirling – Best Work on Paper

2015  Beverley Art Awards – 1st prize Dry media

2015  WA Pastel Society – People’s Choice

2014  Shark Bay Art Awards  – 2nd Prize

2014  Shire of Morawa  – Best Work on Paper

2014  Gascoyne Art Award – Best Open

2013  Pinjarra Rotary Club – Highly commended / Peoples choice

2013  WA Pastel Society – 1st Prize Pastel



2019 Recent Works – Home Studio

2018 Recent Works – Home Studio

2017 Above and Below – Kidogo Arthouse

2017  Recent Works – Home Studio

2016 Recent Works – Home Studio

2015  Recent Works – Home Studio

2015 Summerset Arts Festival – Artist Open Studio

2015 Summer Arts Exhibition – Garden art Studio – Yallingup

2014  Recent Works – Home Studio

2013  Recent Works – Home Studio

2012  Recent Works – Home Studio

2011  Summer Arts Exhibition – Garden Art Studio – Yallingup

2011  Recent Works – Home Studio

2010  Coastal Impressions – City of Stirling – Scarborough

2010  Recent Works  –  Home Studio

2009  Recent Works  –  Home Studio

2008  From the Heart  –  Trescillian Community Centre – Nedlands

2008  Leeuwin Exhibition  –  Garden Art Studio –  Yallingup

2008  Feature Artist  –  St Marks Art Exhibition

2007  Guest Artist  – Currambine Art Exhibition

2007  Feature Artist –  St Marks Art Exhibition

2007  September Feature Artist  – Gallery 360 Subiaco

2007  Guest Artist – Churchlands S.H.S Art Exhibition

2006  Guest Artist – St Marks  Art Exhibition

2006  Summer Arts Exhibition  –  Garden Art Studio – Yallingup

2006  ” A Dash of Red ”  –  Trescillian Community Centre  –  Nedlands

2006  ” On the Beach ”  –  Mullaloo

2005  ” Just Coasting ”  –  Trescillian Community Centre – Nedlands

2004  ” Birds of a Feather ” –  Trescillian Community Centre  –  Nedlands

2004  ” Where Land Meets Sea ”  –  Evans and Tate Winery – Margaret River

2003  ”  Classic Waters ”   –  Evans and Tate Winery  –  Margaret River




Gallery 360 West Leederville     Aspects of Kings Park     Yallingup Galleries

Gallery Aura Kojonup         Picasso Art and framers  Carine       



Shire of Morawa              Shire of Carnarvon         Shire of Wagin

City of Belmont               Shire of Dalwallinu          City of Bayswater

City of Wanneroo             Shire of Shark Bay         Newdegate Shire

City of Stirling

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