Julie Ann Haines was born in Belfast and studied Fine Art Painting at Manchester and Norwich Schools of Art. She completed a Post Grad in Education at the Institute in London and taught art in secondary schools and museums there for several years alongside continuing her own work.
Her practice focuses on the forgotten and imperfect areas of the built environment close to where she lives. She is drawn to dusty unremarkable places on the edge of the busy thoroughfare of life,- often outdated, in need of refurbishment or about to be knocked down. She is aware of an impermanence around them, the ebb and flow of life that has passed through them, the cycle of things ending and things beginning. There is an innate wisdom and sense of knowing in these structures. They seem to possess an intelligence of their own born out of long standing experience and witnessing of life. Her part in this cycle is just another observer. Society is quick to disregard and replace these unimportant places but despite all there is an optimism in their air,- a celebration of all that has been good,- a strong rootedness and stability that never plays victim to their circumstance. Their empty unpeopled status seems to accentuate the silence that envelops them and the presence of strong sun and still long shadows deepens their beauty. They represent all that is valuable in the overlooked and unexceptional pieces of our world.
Julie Ann originally trained in Fine Art painting and first developed a serious interest in printmaking when she moved to Dublin and started making multi plate colour etchings at the Graphic Studio Dublin. She became a full time member of that studio and etchings and monotypes currently comprise a large part body of work. She spitbites her copper etchings entirely, painting acid onto copper plates to create deep tones and rich darks, checking the aquatinted surfaces diligently to control the outcome. It is a focused and intensive method and has endured for centuries. There is a rich layering of colour in each print. The focused process and layering of colour seems to echo something of the patina of time that attracted her to these forgotten structures in the first place.
Julie Ann's work is in the collections of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dept. of Finnance, Northern Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, National Library of Ireland, Office of Public Works, the British Library, Fingal and Meath County Councils and the University of Limerick