Biography, Reviews & Exhibitions


BIOGRAPHY

Julia Alexandra Mee is an artist and art historian specialising in the technique of buon fresco.  Born in England in 1975, she began her artistic training under the guidance of her father, the painter and ceramicist Raymond Victor Mee (1945-2006).  These early years in his bottega formed the foundation of her artistic skills, not only in drawing and painting, but also in sculpture, ceramics and other techniques such as engraving, as well as a profound appreciation of art history. 

From the age of 11 she accompanied her father on trips to Italy where she acquired his passion for the Tuscan landscape and Renaissance art, admiring the art and architecture of Florence and Lucca and other Tuscan cities.   As Julia continued her studies, attaining a diploma in Art and Design at Staffordshire University, a BA Hons degree in History of Art and Architecture and a Masters degree in History of Drawing at the University of Reading, she specialised in the technique of fresco painting.

Her studies during these years led her back to Florence where she undertook research in fresco painting for both her BA Hons degree and her Masters Degree.  Subsequently, following several collective exhibitions, in 2005 she moved to Florence to continue her passion for art, enrolling at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze where she was later awarded a first with distinction in Painting (110 e lode), specialising in wall painting techniques. 

Among the frescoes of the past to have greatly influenced her work are the surviving wall paintings of ancient Rome, particularly those in Herculaneum and Pompeii.  Her knowledge of the technique employed in these wall paintings has been bestowed on her from Professor Sergio Paolo Diodato, the head of the Restoration Department at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, who oversaw her thesis on Spirit Fresco.  After having studied under him for several years, she recently translated his book Encaustic Wall Painting: How to Execute an Encaustic Wall Painting on a Terracotta Support Following Recipes in Classical Sources (Florence, Nardini Editore, 2014).  

Other frescoes to have influenced her work are those of the maestri of the Renaissance, including Masaccio, Ghirlandaio, Andrea del Sarto, Michelangelo and Raphael.  In the art tours she gave in Florence she shared her passion for the technique of fresco painting with her University students.

Fresco painting has continually been employed by artists throughout the centuries to create magnificent monumental works of art.  The last few years have seen Julia research the wall painting techniques employed in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including that of buon fresco, stereochromy (water-glass), wax painting and the development of spirit fresco and its variants.  In Edinburgh, which is rich with examples of wall paintings by William Brassey Hole, John Duncan and Phoebe Anna Traquair, Julia gives tours in English and Italian on the magnificent murals by Phoebe Anna Traquair at the Mansfield Traquair Centre.

She is now a practising fresco painter and art historian, with a studio at WASPS Artists Studios in Edinburgh where she works to commission, preparing fresco projects and painting frescoes in situ in private villas in Italy. 

She has written several articles on the technique of buon fresco for the Italian journal Grapevine on the practicalities of the technique and also it’s importance as a contemporary art form.  In addition she has given a series of lectures on The History of Pictorial Techniques with Practical Demonstrations, which covered Ancient Roman Wall Painting in Herculaneum and Pompeii, Buon Fresco in Renaissance Rome, Buon Fresco in Renaissance Florence, Wall Painting in Great Britain during the 19th Century, Spirit Fresco and its Variants and also Buon Fresco as a Contemporary Art Form.

In both Great Britain and Italy, where a number of her art works are located in private collections, she exhibits regularly and gives lectures, talks, workshops and demonstrations on the technique of Buon Fresco and other pictorial techniques. Recent demonstrations include those given to the Holyrood Art Club and the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

EXHIBITIONS, FRESCO WORKSHOPS, TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS

FRESCO PAINTING - ONE DAY WORKSHOP (All Levels Welcome)
Sat 3rd February 2018, 10am to 4pm, Riddle's Court, Edinburgh
*Limited spaces - to book contact Russell Clegg on 0131 5108789 or email: Russell@shbt.org.uk

SPIRIT FRESCO AND ITS VARIANTS IN THE NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Research Seminar, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
9th November 2017

FRESCO PAINTING - FIVE WEEK COURSE (Riddle's Court, Edinburgh)
5th November to 5th December 2017
* Course Fully Booked

FRESCO PAINTING - ONE DAY WORKSHOP (Edinburgh)
25th June 2017, 10am to 4pm

EXHIBITION - METAMORPHOSIS/TRANSFORMATION (collective - Syn Festival Edinburgh)
9th - 22th March 2017 
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

EXHIBITION - OMAGGIO ALLA DONNA (collective - Borgo degli Artisti)
5th - 12th March 2017 
Casinò Municipale, Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

ART OF FRESCO PAINTING - TALK AND DEMONSTRATION
3rd September 2016
Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery, Leek, Staffordshire

EXHIBITION - RAYMOND VICTOR MEE (1945-2006)
LA DOLCE VITA - ONE MAN'S PASSION FOR THE MAGIC OF TUSCANY
3rd September - 1st October 2016
Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery, Leek, Staffordshire

EXHIBITION - RAYMOND VICTOR MEE (1945-2006)
LA DOLCE VITA - LA PASSIONE DI UN UOMO PER LA MAGIA DELLA TOSCANA
11th - 25th June 2016
Sala Rosa, Circolo dei Forestieri, Bagni di Lucca, Italy

FRESCO PAINTING - TALK AND DEMONSTRATION
16th March 2016
Holyrood Art Club, Edinburgh

FRIENDS OF THE ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY - STUDIO VISIT 
DEMONSTRATION OF THE TECHNIQUE OF BUON FRESCO
October 2015
WASPS Albion Road Artist's Studios, Edinburgh

TECHNIQUE OF BUON FRESCO - DEMONSTRATION
September 2015
WASPS Albion Road Artist's Studios, Edinburgh

RSA ARTIST BITES: JULIA ALEXANDRA MEE AND THE TECHNIQUE OF BUON FRESCO
June 2015
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

EXHIBITION - OMAGGIO ALLA DONNA (collective - Borgo degli Artisti)
8th - 15th March 2013 
Casinò Municipale, Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

EXHIBITION - LA NATIVITÀ NELL'ARTE (collective)
4th December 2010 - 9th January 2011
Lanciano, Chieti, Italy

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS: JULIA ALEXANDRA MEE 
25th - 31st October 2009
Prato, Tuscany, Italy

FRESCO WORKSHOP: JULIA ALEXANDRA MEE 
October 2009
Prato, Tuscany, Italy

EXHIBITION - 'MOSTRA DI PITTURA E GRAFICA: JULIA MEE AND ANDREA TOFANI'
17th - 29th August 2009
Marina di Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany, Italy

EXHIBITION - 'AFFRESCHI IN MOSTRA' (collective)
July 2009
Accademia, Florence, Italy

REVIEWS

2010 INTERVIEW: BBC Radio 'The Renaissance Woman'
BBC Reporter Stuart Fear meets Julia Mee to discuss her artistic roots and her passion for Fresco Painting. For the full interview: 

2010 INTERVIEW: 'Inspired by her famous father'
Journalist Liz Rowley talks to Julia Mee for the North Staffordshire Magazine (January 2010) about the influence her father had on her work, tracing her artistic developments, and looking at her latest solo exhibition which was held in October 2009, in Prato, Italy.

2009 INTERVIEW: '2 Minutes with Julia Mee'
For the full interview: