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Julia Balfour is a Canadian abstract painter. The forms found in her abstract paintings, act as a trace of her experiences that are deeply influenced by colour. Her abstract paintings reflect her view on the importance of colour in its most elegant and purest form. She uses watercolour to develop layers and relies on colour to construct its own shape and find its place within a composition.

Julia graduated from the Drawing and Painting program from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. She has shown her work in local galleries, displays her work in interior design showrooms and is part of public collections throughout the city.

She works with watercolour as her medium on paper and canvas. Along with small works on paper, Julia has accomplished large works on canvas and had the opportunity of creating two large watercolour paintings that are each 14-feet by 8-feet, installed at the lobby of the Lighthouse Tower on Toronto’s waterfront.


Julia lives and works from her studio in Toronto.


2021 | Master of Teaching, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

2018 | Bachelor of Fine Art, the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto


2021 | Ojibway Virtual Art Show

2019 | Hollace Cluny Artist Show, Toronto

2019 | Ojibway Art Show, Georgian Bay

2019 | Art Gems Emerging Artists Silent Auction, Toronto

2019 | The Gathered Gallery, Window Display, Toronto

2018 | Get Noticed Exhibition, Red Head Gallery, Toronto

2018 | Experiencing Perspectives Exhibition, Mercedes- Benz Financial, Mississauga 

2018 | Art Toronto, Canada's International Art Fair

2018 | Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists, Etobicoke

2018 | Upstart Exhibition, The Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto 

2018 | Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University

2018 | The Big Draw Event Auction, OCAD University 

2017 | Una Piccola Scintilla, OnArt Gallery, Florence, Italy 

2016 | Open Studio OCAD Florence Campus, Italy


2021 | Park Hyatt Toronto, Tatar Art Projects

2020 | The Lighthouse Tower, Toronto, The Daniels Corporation and Oni One

Publications & Media

2021 | Featured in ELLE Decoration Canada Magazine

2021 | Featured in Designlines Magazine

2020 | Featured in House and Home Magazine

2020 | Ninth Editions Journal Interview and Studio Tour

2018 | Featured in Experiencing Perspectives Catalogue, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

2018 | Cut It Out, Art Installation, Dorothy H. Hoover Library


2018 | Third Place Award, Ontario Society of Artists Juried Exhibition 

2018 | Fred Hagan "Passion in Painting" Award 

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