Juli Fejer is a self-taught artist. Her art comes from the conflict between disabling pain and rekindled hope.
Although both her father and grandfather were artists, she followed other paths. She is a published fiction writer and worked in marketing, where she had responsibility for graphic design and visual branding.
In 2003 her career was cut short by fibromyalgia. For years she struggled with chronic pain and depression. After attending an NHS pain course at St George’s Hospital, she started to paint again after 40 years. This quickly became a consuming passion as well as therapy.
She identifies as an outsider artist, working in the naïve tradition. Her work is based on her emotional response to what she encounters in her day-to-day life. She is inspired by the singularity and beauty of the ordinary world.
She loves to paint landscapes whether a Suffolk field or a suburban street. She loves experimenting with media and techniques and is interested in the connection between the material – including the neurotransmitters which create chronic pain – and the intangible such as mood.
April 2022: "Walking with Trees" at Guildhall Studio, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
March 2022: "100 x 100" virtual exhibition by Bobcat Gallery
February 2022: "Awash" 2022, Society of East Anglian Watercolourists exhibition, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk
January 2022: "Winter" exhibition at Kingsgate , NW6, ArtCan
November 2021: Juli is accepted to join ArtCan, not-for-profit support organisation for artists.
November 2021: ING Discerning Eye 2021, Mall Galleries, London
October 2021: featured in a documentary on BBC2 about the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
August 2021: accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2021, "Reclaiming Magic"
Summer 2021: Framed! Street art project run by Wandsworth Council and featured in the South London Press
July 2021: Sussex Art Fair, Goodwood
April 2021: What We Made in Lockdown, Pump House, Battersea Park
November 2020: ING Discerning Eye exhibition
October 2020: featured on Wandsworth Council website
October 2019: Wandsworth Artists Open house & Article in South London Press
September 2019: The New Artist Fair, Truman Brewery, London
January 2019: attended Pain Management Course at St George’s Hospital, London.
Spring 2018: visited Bologna with an artist friend and started drawing again on my iPad
2002–18:unable to work due to the chronic pain and depression of fibromyalgia.
1995–2002: Head of Marketing at a large membership organisation where I was responsible for brand identity, exhibitions and promotions. During this time I gained a postgraduate diploma in marketing.
Before that: public affairs jobs in the not-for-profit sector.
Before that: History at Durham University.
I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to be part of ArtCan.
It is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation with members across Britain and internationally. ArtCan creates opportunities for artists through exhibitions and practice development as well as peer-to-peer connections, professional recognition and access to specialist knowledge and support.
If you're in Bury St Edmunds or the surrounding area, you will now be able to find my greetings cards at the wonderful Guildhall Studio, at 7 Guildhall St – a few steps from the Guildhall and the Corn Exchange.
Visit Guildhall Studio