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 took courses at Putney School of Art, and established connections with artists in Southfields.
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. Purple, the colour culturally associated with fibromyalgia, is a dominant and recurring theme in her work.
During 2019, Juli exhibited at Parallax, the New Artist Fair, and Wandsworth Artists Open House. Her pictures are on permanent display in the Phoenix Centre at St George’s Hospital. She shares her work through Instagram, and sells online.
In November 2020, one of her paintings was chosen for inclusion in the prestigious ING Discerning Eye exhibition.
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, the Truman Brewery, London
January 2019: attended a pain management course at St George’s Hospital, London. This gave me confidence to believe in my art and turned my life around.
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. During this time I took sculpture classes at the Putney School of Art and Design
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.