Julian Dourado originally studied illustration at Leicester Polytechnic, where he pursued his interest in drawing and printmaking. During this time, inspired by both early modernist painters – especially Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee – and mid-century book illustration, and also taking imagery from mythology, folklore, religion, dreams, history and science, he developed an idiosyncratic visual language.
After moving to Oxford he became an active member of the local arts community, involved in organising exhibitions and events. In 1997 he joined the Oxford artist’s collective Studio Six. Around this time he started his first paintings. After making numerous studies of his local environment, both built and natural, he started to produce paintings that moved towards the abstract and symbolic, but which still hinted at the singular pictorial qualities of his earlier drawings. He also became interested in themes of lost and forgotten knowledge, marginalia, alchemy, magic and ancient philosophies such as Hermeticism and Gnosticism.
In 1998 he joined the Oxford Print Makers Cooperative. In 2005 he became an associate member of the Magdalen Road Studios, and has been a full member since 2014.
2019 exhibition: Miscocosms