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Julia Trybala

March 2014

Julia Trybala is a force to be reckoned with. Her distinct style has gotten her fans from all over the web – she has been in shows with fellow interviewee Auf Wiedersehen as well as one coming up later on in the year. We chat about her delve into colour, her inspiration as well as her and her pals drawing club!

Tell us about your style and how it has altered over time...

I have always felt most comfortable working with black and white mediums however within the past six months or so I have taken the plunge into working with colour and I have learnt to really love it. It is so important to step away from your comfort zone to potentially discover something that works great for you. I’m not sure I want to have a distinct style just yet as there is so much I want to explore and learn.

Tell us how you got involved in the creative industry and your path to where you are now?

Like most people who make things I have been trying and trying since I was little. Drawing and painting is something that I have always practiced and loved so I always knew its what I wanted to do. It has only been in the past year or so that I have been confident enough with my work to exhibit and publish online which is so important for getting your name out there. The internet has really been a great pal of mine, I’m lucky enough to have lots of nice support through my instagram and blog.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m working on some sketches for a group exhibition called ‘Chin Pin’ at No Vacancy Gallery alongside some brilliant Melbourne artists, the show will be up around June/July and the theme is centered around ‘A Cabinet of Curiosities’. I’m also working on a Botanicals project for my university class, I get to paint plants and flowers for three weeks - what a dream assignment.

Which creatives do you look up to in Australia?

Ahh, there are too many good ones! I’m very lucky to be surrounded by many creative pals like Josh Tatangelo, Aaron Billings, Carla McRae, Gemma Topliss, Susanna Rose Sykes, Jacqui Smith, Sean Morris, Sian McConchie, Marc Pearsonand Lashna Tuschewski. We have a little drawing club together on Monday nights where we play drawing games, talk about our work, collaborate, experiment and have beers. Drawing can get pretty lonely so its so nice to have a group of friends you can share with. There are so many Australian artists I really admire such as Ghostparol, Miso, Beci Orpin, Justin Lee Williams, Evie Cahir, Tai Snaith and Adam Lee.

What are your personal and professional goals for 2014?

This year I’m really going to focus on developing new skills and taking new approaches to my work.  I’d love to push towards having more of a narrative behind my pieces and taking more time to develop on those ideas. I have just started the RMIT Bachelor of Fine Arts so I plan on being a huge nerd, do well and work hard.

What is the best advice you've been given?

"Work really damn hard if you want to get anywhere in life" – most people.

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