Julie Caves: Curiosity - An Art Practice as a Way of Looking

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Abstract painting about abstract painting, or art about art, is the focus of American artist Caves' work.


Event website: http://www.cryptgallery.org.uk
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Steven Smith

A great range of media and techniques on dispay here from talented artist Julie Caves. From tiny egg tempera portraits painted from life in a single sitting, to the huge, intensly colourful abstract 'monolith' series, there is something here for everyone. Around every corner in the surprisingly large (and very atmospheric) crypt gallery, lurks another surprise. As well the varied series' of paintings exploring the use of colour, there is site-specific installation work, drawing on the inspiration the space itself provided. At times I felt (wonderfully) lost in the space, as well as the work itself. Arcrylics in the 'Spring' series had so much depth to the that viewing was like staring into an infinitely deep pool. In sharp contrast (but great compliment) to Caves' colour-saturated work, guest artist H Locke has taken over one of the crypt's vaults with an impressive 9-metre long fantastical monochrome drawing, depicting the growth of a city and the activities of its many inhabitants, both above and below ground. Shown in this labyrinthine gallery space it was easy to imagine that you might take a turn and stumble upon one of these subterranean workers going about their bizarre business. Overall I really enjoyed this show, and it was a joy to be able to talk to the artists (who I am told who can be found at the exhibition most days) about their work, which adds another dimension. I highly recommend a visit if you can squeeze one in before it closes.

Charles Stanley Wright

Saw the exhibition yesterday and so delighted I got a chance to do so. The massive colourful canvases at the back of the crypt are perfectly lit, as is the work throughout. The exhibition space (St Pancras Crypt) is beautiful but neutral in colour so Julie Caves' work is perfect for this space. Other pieces are themselves neutral - such as the piece cleverly named "infestation" which lurks in shadows as if some giant creature has laid them there, the very thoughtful pillow case installation (a favourite) and a large, white, highly detailed drawing by a guest artist - These were clearly planned to help balance the exhibition which they do beautifully. If I have a chance I will return today for one more look before it closes. What a gem.


I think Time Out has used a very odd description for the exhibition. I liked this show very much, stayed for a while and had a chat with the artist. I didn't see any "art about art" or "abstracts about abstracts". I had a look on the exhibition website to try to figure out what it meant but they don't say that anywhere. Where did Time Out get it? I think the art is about celebration or living life maybe and an artist's obsession with colour for sure. And looking around at things.

Katie Green

What a wonderful show! The colours of Julie's Paintings positively glow against the grey of the crypt interior. Her sculptures hidden in secret hollows, are a joy to find. Guest artist H has a wonderful drawing of an architectural fantasy land, a nice surprise and compliments the show greatly, GO SEE, before 20th.

Katie Green

What a wonderful show. Beautiful brightly coloured paintings, and sculpture, by Julie Caves, which positively glow against the walls of the crypt, an unusual and exciting space. A wonderful treat also awaits by guest artist H, of Architectural fantasy drawings, complementing the painting and adding a lovely twist. A real gem of a show in this grey weathered capital during Autumn. Go see before it closes on 20th. You will not regret it.

Dave Raval

As well as all the other great work, one particular set at the back deserves a closer look, by guest artist H. Locke. These pieces are all black and white, and thereby contrast with the vivid colours elsewhere. The images show a fantastical set of 19th century architecture in great detail, from basement to sky, but with logical inconsistencies everywhere. I found myself studying the drawings for ages, admiring the detail and the imagination behind it, and smiling at the silly activities of some of the people portrayed. Go see!

Manu Devaux

A wonderful suprise to find this show in euston on a visit to london. Such vibrant and bold use of color would not look out of place in the largest public gallery but in the crypt itself which is so cold and white and hidden might be the ideal environ to discover the artist and her work. Also the artwork is varied with sculpture and drawing - something loved by everyone in my groupe. I would recommend to all.

Chris Mennell

A wonderfully colourful display of diverse ideas contrasted beautifully against the dull tones of the Crypt Gallery itself. Julie Caves has an amazing ability to bring the story on the canvas to life, which is a different story for everyone. Hanna Locke's work also showed a mastery of precision draining and an imagination to complete three unique pieces that combined together are greater than the sum of their parts. A truly fascinating show. A must see!


I love this exhibition!!! Huge, vibrant canvases in a beautiful,mysterious setting. And the smaller portraits too seem very personal and delicate in contrast.


A strangely moving and vivid collection in a perfect setting. The smaller canvases are touchingly human, the larger ones epic and captivating in their use of colour. Well worth a visit.

Issa Wolfe

Wonderful show in a wonderful setting. Also impressed by the egg yolks and the huge variety of work. Definite must see.

Paul Morris

Excellent show and diverse work.Julie has a wonderful sense of colour revealing great sensitivity.thoroughly recommended.

audrey dixon

As a someone who is more comfortable with a set square and ruler I appreciate anyone who can use colour in such a positive and life affirming way. I loved it. Ask about egg yolks!

Carol W

PV last night was amazing! The work is beautiful, inspiring and really varied. From sculpture to painting, Caves oeuvre uses colour in ways that challenge and engage the senses. Thanks for having us - I'll be back again in the next few weeks as once is not enough!!