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In the striking oil painting on board, a stylized portrait of Frida Kahlo emerges against a rich maroon background. The artist's deliberate brushstrokes infuse the portrait with a captivating blend of expressiveness and meticulous details, bringing forth Frida's iconic features. Against the deep maroon canvas, the resolute gaze of Frida is accentuated, exuding strength and resilience.


Her hair is adorned with vibrant yellow flowers, intricately woven into the strands, creating a bold contrast against the maroon backdrop. The artist's masterful stylization captures the essence of Frida Kahlo's individuality and spirit. "Frida" becomes a visual tapestry, where the dynamic interplay of color and form celebrates the enduring legacy of this iconic artist. Allow this masterpiece to adorn your space, inviting viewers to engage with the powerful symbolism of Frida's portrait and the radiant bloom of yellow flowers in her hair.

Frida 3

  • 10 x 15cm

  • Julie Tugwell

    I was raised to appreciate the arts by attending ballet performances and dancing at PACT in Pretoria as a young child. Many afternoons were spent visiting art galleries with my mom and it was her dream for me to pursue being an artist like my father, the renowned landscape painter Chris Tugwell. It took some time for me to start painting, and only after the passing of my mom in my mid-twenties did I reach for a brush in an attempt to connect with her. I soon realized that I wanted to succeed at art and chose to dedicate my life to being a full time artist.


    A chance meeting with accomplished fine artist James Mooney led to my apprenticeship in his studio for the next 16 years where I learned from his mastery of the skills and techniques of hyper-realism. Whilst James trained me in the discipline of fine art realism, it was Jill Mooney, Jame’s wife, who introduced me to the world of colour and liberated my brush to become deeply self expressive. This signature of their combined tutelage is evident in the abstractions, flowers and colourful figures prevalent in my current body of work.


    My days are now mostly spent in the studio where I work as a full-time artist on both large expressive canvases of colour and also smaller pieces of hyper realism.

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