Artist talk: Julia Hallström Hjort
Julia lives and works as an artist and illustrator in the town of Lund in southern Sweden. Coming from an artistic family, she was always encouraged to explore her creativity which has, in time, led her to explore different mediums ranging from abstract acrylic paintings, realistic oil portraits, pencil drawings and everything in between.
Welcome to Postery; what's your background?
I was born in 1991 and grew up in Lund, with a very artistic mother who always encouraged me to explore my creativity. I used to paint realistic figurative motifs mainly, but with time I have explored different art styles, and I now like to combine many techniques and materials, working with both figurative and abstract pictures. I’m interested in many subjects and have previously studied medicine and psychology, but being creative has always been what I enjoy most. Creating art makes me feel both calm and excited; it’s challenging and relaxing at the same time.
Describe your first collection for Postery in a few words
It’s simplistic but creative, inspired by nature and nordic design.
Did you follow a specific theme or a colour palette?
I’m a lover of nature and the colours of nature, so I tend to use a lot of neutral, earthy tones. But I also like to challenge myself sometimes and use a colour or a palette that is a bit new to me.
How do you see your prints in an interior setting?
My pictures are made to work both as a solitary piece by themselves or to blend in with a collection of posters on a wall. As I use a lot of neutral tones, I think they can easily fit in with many types of interiors.
When did you become interested in creating art?
I’ve always been painting and drawing, but it was only a few years ago when I started painting abstract pieces and fell in love with it.
What generally inspires you?
I feel especially inspired when travelling, finding inspiration in new places, buildings and environments. Sometimes I see a colour combination or a certain shape somewhere out on a walk and get a sudden urge to go home and make a painting from it.
Is there something specific you'd like to communicate with your art?
Sometimes art can be powerful and make a statement; sometimes, it can exist only to make a space a little bit more beautiful and happy. In my home, I want to feel calm and happy, and when I create new pieces, this is what I’m trying to achieve. By surrounding myself with colours and shapes I love, I feel more at home, and hopefully, my art can create that feeling in other people’s homes too.
What do you like doing when you are not creating?
I’m a curious person, so I love going for walks and discovering new places, usually with my sketchbook and camera for company. I also spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks and podcasts, trying to shut out the stresses of daily life and escaping into other worlds.
What do you dream of?
I’ve always dreamed of living somewhere surrounded by nature, in an old house with a big garden and a huge art studio. And I love animals and especially cats, so hopefully, one day, I’ll get a cat or two!
Name one thing you can´t do without while creating?
I always have music or an audiobook on in the background. And I drink a lot of coffee!
Thank you, Julia!