I have a City and Guilds in Brickwork and Stone Masonary. I did a three year traineeship as a stone carver with English Heritage.
Over the last 20 years I have worked on a large range of projects from reinstating Victorian bays, house renovation, stone steps and fireplaces, house building, community new builds, public buildings to restoration of churches and historic buildings (The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Sandhurst, Surrey, Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire).
After my training I joined a building collective in London called CBD, Collective Building and Design and worked there for 4 years working on a wide range of projects, these included, community centres such as HCT, Hackney Community Transport, which was a combination of new build and restoration work. I also worked on numerous restoration of private houses and restorations in London.
For the past ten years he has worked almost exclusively with stone, drawing on his fascination for the material throughout his childhood. He has worked in Italy and India, carving and importing stone from both countries. Julian has worked in public and private collections in the UK and abroad and has undertaken a number of large-scale commissions. He has a studio in Wimbledon, London and is an Associate of the Royal British Sculpture Society.
“My current sculpture tries to stretch the common properties of stone, allowing me to address new subject matter. Among my influences are advertising logos, icons, fetishes, French cartoons, cosmology and 1960s plastic furniture. I particularly enjoy working with coloured onyx and alabaster for their translucence and varied depth of colour. The combination of coloured stone marbles, smooth and sharp forms, fat and thin areas within the sculpture for me has its equivalent in cooking. My work is abstract but representational: The ideas are represented formally and symbolically and the subject often springs from the differing ways in which we believe”.