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Critical Review

Six Snapshots Of Julie is a series of six woodcuts executed by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry in 2015. The series has come down to scholarly books as Perry’s first and most successful attempt with woodcut, one of the most traditional relief printing techniques in printmaking.

The 6 scenes represent the life of Julie Cope, a fictional character born out of Perry’s fervent imagination who, just like the artist himself, is born and raised in Essex and then decides to move to London. Each print is representative of one decade of Julie’s life.

In the first, Julie is still a young girl dressed in a proper purple dress, her hair short and Mary-Jane shoes at her feet. The landscape behind her is both rural and industrial, with the refinery belching smoke in the back reminiscent of L. S. Lowry’s industrial townscapes. In the second scene, Julie has grown, and she is now a “sexy, young rock chick in her hot pants and boots”, as Perry describes her, leaning on a motorbike. Similarly to the previous image, red dominates the scene, hinting at Julie’s rebellious and adventurous personality. In the third scene, Julie, now a mother wearing a proper covering black dress, is couching on a picnic blanket, feeding a baby. This is Perry’s favourite scene, and, according to the artist, his most successful.