Saving Grace I Apocalyptic Doodle, 2021

by Marie Julou (Tina McCallan)

Painting : oil, pencil

55 x 46 x 2 cm 21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch


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Painting: oil, pencil

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55 x 46 x 2 cm 21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch Height x Width x Depth


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Artwork location: Spain

"On a ground of flesh coloured paint, heavenly shapes appear, an eye or a sun, a kernel, surrounded by squiggles in gold, black pen and pencil. Channelling William Blake or Klimt." Oil, pencil, gold paint, felt tip on canvas. 

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Marie Julou (Tina McCallan), Saving Grace I Apocalyptic Doodle

Marie Julou (Tina McCallan)

United Kingdom  • 1964


Marie Julou is the painting pseudonym for Tina McCallan. Marie is her middle name and Julou her mother's maiden name. Mostly painted on amateur canvases, Julou's work is a tongue in cheek attempt to reconnect with her French ancestry. Think easel painting in Montmartre, Berets and Bohemia, Julou's work seeks to undermine the occasional pomposity of oil painting by using bright candy colours, occasional glitter and most recently the colour pink.

Born in Guernsey, Channel Islands in 1964, to an Irish father and a Guernsey Mother, Julou studied painting at Portsmouth Polytechnic (B.A 1984-87) and the Royal Academy of Arts in London (M.A. 1990-1993) after which she was awarded a DAAD scholarship to study with Gunter Uecker at the Art Academy Dusseldorf (1994-96). Concerns at the time were the spiritual in abstract art, authenticity and female language in painting.

Keen to experiment, in Düsseldorf, her art practice broadened to include installation, performance and film which resulted in several group and solo shows in Germany and the U.K finally culminating in a practice called “Recreations", a painting performance where she invited the audience of museums, often hundreds of people, to become the artists and paint their own collaborative masterpiece. Parallel to this “extroverted" practice she has always produced abstract paintings in a more “private" introverted practice exhibiting under her pseudonym. Over the past few years, this work has become her main focus.

In her current paintings, as well as revisiting the previous concerns, Julou seeks to re-appropriate the almost forbidden colour pink to make a variety of paintings, some of which have their roots in formalism, others in process painting and others in “Outsider Art", developing a practice she calls, "Irreverent Abstraction". Another concern in her work is the idea of “Horror Vacui", the fear of empty space. Using pencil on oil paint, she draws onto the surface making repetitive marks that resemble doodles, scratching the surface like sgraffito in Italian art. Other works allude to tattoos and scarification while in some, drips are visible, highlighting gravity's effect on the paint. The material and meditative process of painting is crucial, as well as an awareness of the haptic: how time seems to slow down during the act of making and viewing a painting. Each painting has its own archaeology, a history of colours and marks buried under the final layer. Julou desires to create jewel-like visual poems for the viewer as antidotes to a screen dominated society.

Having lived in Düsseldorf, Paris, Istanbul and Fethiye, she seeks the liberating status of outsider and currently paints out of a studio in Russafa, Valencia, Spain.



1999 - 2000 MA in the History and Theory of Art, Chelsea School of Art (Progression to Part 1)

1994 - 1996 Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, D.A.A.D Scholarship

1990 - 1993 Royal Academy Schools, Post Graduate Diploma in Painting

1984 - 1987 Portsmouth Polytechnic, B.A. Hons Fine Art with Theoretical commendation.

Selected Exhibitions: Marie Julou


Confusion Festival" Valencia, Doodle Paradise with Kristine Schroeder

The Beauty of Forgiveness" Casa Del Dragon, Cervera de Maestre, curated by De Souza Gallery.

Cultural Viaje" a group show organized by De Souza Gallery, Sporting Club, Valencia

Dirty Pink" a group show of 13 International female Artists, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia, Spain, curated by Tina McCallan

Horror Vacui" Two person show with Steve Young, L'Escuela Russafa, Valencia


Sporting Club Market, Calle Seville, Valencia

2014- 2019

I heart ♥ Posquin you", group show, Imprevisual Gallery, Russafa.

Lucy's Lounge", group show/ performance event, Landscape Studios, Valencia.

Open studio Art Collective, Landscape Studios

Seen/Unseen" Two person show for Intramurs Festival with Steve Young, El Carmen, Valencia

Here/Now", 4P Gallery, Russafa, group show


Bedell Coram Gallery,"Turkish Delight", Solo show of paintings, Shoreditch, London

Selected Projects: Tina McCallan Re-Creations

2015-2021: Museo de Bellas Artes, Valencia, Spain

International Museum Day Recreation commissions, all oil on canvas, duration 2 or 3 days, all between 292 cm x 180 cm, with 100-200 participants, check website for details. All in the collection of the museum.

A Re-Creation of Bosch's "The Passion" 2021

A Re-Creation of Miguel March's "The Ear" (online) 2020

A Re-Creation of Agrasot's, "Baco Joven" 2019

A Re-Creation of Tomas Yepes "Bodegon con Ceramica" 2018

A Re-Creation of Jacomart's “The Annunciation" 2017

A Re-Creation of Pinazo's "Ninos con Flores en el Balcon" 2016

A Re-Creation of Sorolla's " La Grupa Valencia" 2015


A Re-Creation of “Raphael's "The Lady with a Unicorn" 100 participants online.

Confusion Arts Festival, Valencia: A Re-Creation of Tamara de Lempicka's "Girl with White Gloves"

Bicifest Arts Festival, Valencia, CCCC and Rio Turia: Re-Creation of Oleg Tchoubakov's, "Girl on a Red Bicycle" 

Intramurs Art Festival: A Re-Creation of Cranach's Adam and Eve

United Nations Tyre, Lebanon: Re-Creation of "Pilgrimage to the Cedars of Lebanon" by Constvary Koszta At the UNIFIL Military base, Tyre, Lebanon, with 100 civilian and military personnel.

Transported Art,Two projects sponsored by the U.K. Arts Council, an initiative to bring art into rural communities: Bakkavor Pizza Factory, Spalding, Lincolnshire. A Re-Creation of Van Gogh's "Factory at Asnieres" with 100 factory workers & The Pincushion pub, Wyberton, U.K, A Re-Creation of " The Absinthe Drinkers" by Degas with 100 pub goers

Canakkale Biennale, Turkey: A Re-Creation of a giant page of a Persian manuscript, “Lion Versus Bull" Curated by Denizhan Ozer.

Four Recreations in the workplace sponsored by Barclays Wealth and the Guernsey Arts Commission, PEH Hospital, Guernsey Police, Guernsey Prison, St Martins Disability Centre. 


48 hours in Neukoln, Berlin Arcimboldo's " Primavera '' with 100 visitors to the festival.

Stokefest, London “Boy Reading Robinson Crusoe" Victorian Print. To highlight the fact that Daniel Defoe wrote his masterpiece in the area.

Museum of London, “Rat catching at the Bunhill Tavern". A one-day project with 60 visitors to the museum.

Lost Vagueness Festival, “The Fairy Feller's Masterstroke" by Roger Dadd. A three-day outdoor Re-Creation with 56 festival goers at, Lewes, Sussex.

The St. Margaret's, Church Ale Performance Art Festival, with HOME LIVE ART. “St. Margaret of Antioch" by Zurburan. A three-day outdoor re-creation with 64 artists and audience members, Suffolk.

Glastonbury Festival: “The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymous Bosch, a three-day outdoor Re-creation with 120 festival goers. Sponsored by Prestel.

The Trafalgar Hilton Hotel, London: “Garcon a la Pipe" by Picasso, a four-day re-creation with 100 guests and visitors to the Hotel. Commissioned by The Trafalgar to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair.

Kenwood House, London “Girl with a Guitar" by Vermeer. A three-day Re-creation with 80 people. Commissioned by English Heritage.

The National Gallery, London: “A Satyr Mourning a Nymph" by Piero Di Cosimo. A Re-Creation in the Sainsbury Wing commissioned by the National Gallery.

Selected Installation/Film and Performance projects.

Natural High" Performance and Film shown at the Enchanted Garden, The Big Chill, in an exhibition curated by Alice Sharp. 1998

Untitled Galaxy" part of “Soon" a Group Show, at Underwood St. Gallery, London and Het Consortium, Amsterdam, Curated by Dermot O'Brien.

Kissed Mirrors" Film, part of “Renovate" group show at Shoreditch town hall, curated by Alice Sharp. 1998

Sur La Plage" Installation of painted limpet shells, Upstairs at the Clerks House curated by Katrina Blannin, 1998

I Spun a Web" Solo Show, installation of silver thread, cakes and mixed media. Curtain rd Arts, 1996

Made in Mauritius" installation of pigments and metal in a group Show with the Uecker Class, Mauritius Cultural Centre, Mixed Media. 1996

Do you know what your wish is?" Solo Show, Laden 33, Düsseldorf, Germany. Mixed Media. 1995.

The Holy" installation in a group Show with the Uecker Class, Phillip Nicolai Church, Recklinghausen, Germany. Mixed Media. 1995

Madame Kwok" Graphite powder drawing and framed photograph. Group Show, Kunstraum, Düsseldorf. 1995.

Bubble Gum Room" Installation and painting with chewed opal fruits, Group Show, The Tannery, London. 1994

Selected Publications/ Bibliography


Miguel March Re-Creation: Cultura Plaza, Valencia,


St. Edmund Martyr project, BBC News:


Guernsey Prison Re-Creation “Art Project brings Prisoners Together"

Guernsey Press


“Artist Recreates", The Turkish Daily News


Lost Vagueness catalogue Glastonbury- Garden of Unearthly Delights

24 Hour Museum- Public help artist create a fake Vermeer.

Evening Standard- Paintbrushes at Dawn/ Camden Journal- Vermeer.


Guernsey Press- Ghost of Adele H, Venus Pool Recreation, Chance to recreate a Renoir.

1998/99 The Enchanted Garden- Mute Magazine, Art Monthly.

1998 Soon- Exhibition Catalogue, David Lillington.

1996 I spun a web- solo show, Curtain Road Arts, Time Out, Tania Guha.

1995 The Holy- Exhibition Catalogue, Germany.

1994/ 95 Made in Mauritius- Exhibition Catalogue, Germany.




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