28. Illuminated Messages: Justice, Mercy, Humility – Julian Poon (WA)

22 February, 2020

Acrylic, pens on canvas

Triptych, 50 x 150 cms (3 panels, 50 cms each)

$1,770

“I have used acrylic paints and pens in my paintings. I like using strong background colours so I can pattern and decorate my work. My choice of background colour and gold decoration is inspired by the Florentine illuminated manuscripts of Christian art. I thought about Bible characters, such as King Solomon’s soldier, Jonah, and the tax collector, to suit the Mandorla theme, as I wanted to glorify God in my work. Most of my works are religious and are influenced by stories from the Bible. I am influenced by the painting styles of Chagall, Van Gogh and the flat drawings of ancient Egyptians.”

Singapore-born Australian artist Julian Poon has held three solo art exhibitions to date. He was the youngest artist to be selected to exhibit his work at the Royal Academy of Arts 242nd Summer Exhibition in London at age 13. Poon, now 24, won the Mandorla Youth Art Award in 2012 and 2014. In 2013, the City of Fremantle commissioned him to create artworks for a heritage wall. The next year, he exhibited at Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne and co-presented at both the 2014 Contemporary Outsider Art Conference in Melbourne and the 2014 Arts Activated Conference in Sydney. In 2015, he participated in Stations of the Cross, and in 2016 and in 2018 he was a Finalist in the Mandorla Art Award.