Julia Peintner makes work in printmaking, drawing and painting. The visual language of Peintner’s figurative imagery is characterised by its symbolic motifs of personal yet universal experiences.
Peintner draws from her own analogue film photography as well as sourced image material in combination with art historical references to explore various themes: womanhood, the female body and the figure in the elements, identity that is in flux, belonging and ambivalence of life in a city today, dreamscapes and the unconscious and invisible to the eye.
The subject matter is the figure in everyday life, seen through an allegorical lens, which gives the work a sense of the surreal and mystical. The work references magic realism and surrealist abstraction.
Peintner’s printmaking practice consists of handprinted wood- and linocuts as well as monotypes and intaglio etching and drypoint. Since being a resident at Studio Kura residency in Japan in 2015 and 2017, she is also working in Japanese woodcut.
Peintner graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2015 and went on to work as a printmaker for Blackbird Editions and as a studio assistant for Eileen Cooper. She has exhibited in the UK, Europe and the US as well as in Japan. She lives and works in London, UK.