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A dream of painting in the district of Starnberg: Artist Julia Geist finally has her own studio


Highlights: Julia Geist, 51, has been painting part-time for several years. She has now set up her own studio in the district of Starnberg. Geist advertises and sells her artworks through her Whatsapp status, through acquaintances and through word-of-mouth advertising. Her next goal is a larger exhibition in a gallery in Munich in the future, she says.. "In my retirement, I won't get bored," Geist says. "I'm very proud of that," she adds.

Status: 02.12.2023, 13:05 PM

By: Franziska Weber

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Julia Geist prepares for the Christmas season in her studio. © Dagmar rutt

Julia Geist's passion is painting. She has been pursuing this on a part-time basis for several years. Now she has set up her own studio in Berg.

Berg – With her own studio on the ground floor of her home, Julia Geist has fulfilled a dream. The 51-year-old was already fascinated by painting and drawing in her childhood. Since 2015 she has been pursuing her passion part-time, painting abstract, large-format paintings as well as portraits in acrylic and mixed media. "Before the studio was finished, I always painted between the door and the hinge, for example in the garage," Geist said. Now she has the space to make herself and her dream come true.

Geist grew up in Crailsheim in Baden-Württemberg. After graduating from high school, she began a dual study program at a bank. Since then, she has been working as a banking economist. In 2000, Geist and her husband moved to Munich. About eleven years ago, the two moved to the district of Starnberg. Art has never lost sight of spirit in all this time.

A few years ago, she attended her first one-day VHS course for acrylic painting in Starnberg. This was followed by further seminars in art academies as well as collaborations with other artists, for example with Maria Gabriel in Austria. However, Geist has taught himself most of it – with the help of books and the Internet, among other things. "I'm very proud of that," she said. In the meantime, the artist has participated in ten exhibitions, including group and solo exhibitions.

Finally painting in your own Aterlie

Plenty of daylight enters her new studio through the floor-to-ceiling window. Directly in front of it are height-adjustable desks. Several easels are scattered around the room, and another desk is centrally placed in the studio. It's full of brushes and acrylic paints, and there's a portrait of Santa Claus that's in the works. "I mainly work with a brush and palette knife and a charcoal pencil to pre-draw the portraits," the artist explained.

The 51-year-old doesn't want to commit herself to a particular style: "That's not enough for me." Geist currently draws four styles: abstract paintings and images of people, as well as portraits and collages. For example, she uses photos from the Internet or magazines as a motif. "In photos, I'm mainly interested in facial expressions. It has to be strong. You should be able to see the emotions and the character in it." Geist tries to capture all of this in her portraits. She finds it very exciting that each viewer perceives a different character in her portraits and that her pictures are thus interpreted differently.

It takes around 20 hours for a picture to be finished – and that's without the obligatory drying times in which the pictures always have to be laid down so that the colors don't blur into each other. "The drying phases of the individual layers take a lot of time. There can be up to ten layers in one painting," the artist explained. Since 2017, Geist has painted about 60 paintings. They are called "Après-Ski", "Titanium" or "Black Beauty", among others. Geist advertises and sells her artworks primarily through her Whatsapp status, through acquaintances and through word-of-mouth advertising. She has already been able to sell almost 14 of her paintings.

The artist also has a lot planned for the future

In the future, the 51-year-old would like to use social media more often. "With Instagram, I want to go out into the big wide world," Geist explained. "Since I didn't study art, it's harder for me to get into the artistic circles. I'm not always taken seriously right away." In the meantime, however, she is a member of many art associations, including in Berg and Bad Tölz. "That's where you get into conversation and can also plan joint exhibitions." Her next goal is a larger exhibition in a gallery in Munich. "In my retirement, I definitely won't get bored at some point," Geist said with a laugh.

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A joint exhibition of the artist is currently running in Bad Tölz, from 1 to 3 December, from 12 noon to 19 p.m. in the Kleiner Kursaal at Vichyplatz 1. More information about Julia Geist and other upcoming exhibitions can be found at

Source: merkur

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