A Lund Scholar’s Guide to London: Julie Araujo

Lund Scholar Julie Araujo (2022-23) shares her London faves: see amazing figurative paintings, paint en plein air in Little Venice and enjoy Roast Dinner and a great British brew at a 1,200-year-old pub.

1. Spend a whole day in the National Gallery. Seeing work in the “Lucian Freud: New Perspectives” exhibition was inspiring. The show included figurative paintings from across his lifetime, and seeing the application in person was so different from pictures. I came home and created some paintings with his model Big Sue.

2. See Käthe Kollwitz’s work. For me, it was very influential. I saw it at a Making Modernism show at The Royal Academy, with Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Munter and Marianne Werefkn. This was an all-female show. It gave me insight into their lives, and that the very act of creating work during their time was a rebellion. I find this so inspiring. Even if the odds are against you, there is always a way if you fight for it. Kollwitz’s “Woman with Dead Child” has made me want to start creating a series about motherhood and my relationship with my children. I enjoy this relationship and this role I take on with all of my heart, but it is not without fears, sorrows, heartaches and disappointments.

3. Get a taste of London food, from the traditional to trending. Start with a Full English breakfast (black pudding, baked beans, bubble and squeak and fried bread) at The Breakfast Club in Soho, one of my favorite London neighborhoods. It was full of inclusive people, wonderful food, music and lots of sight-seeing. You can’t miss the original location on D’Arblay Street. It’s painted bright yellow, and probably has a line out the door. Later, visit the London Bridge, then walk your appetite to the nearby Borough Market to explore the shops, produce stands, restaurants and bars. It was such a culturally rich place to taste all kinds of different foods. On Sunday, drive out to St. Albans for a traditional British Sunday Roast at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, a pub that dates back to 793 A.D. Each Sunday, they serve a selection of different roasted meats with sides of potatoes, vegetables, various sauces and your own Yorkshire Pudding. There was nothing like it, and since then I have been wanting to try my own shot at a Sunday roast.

4. Take a day to visit Little Venice. Located in Westminster just north of Paddington, this quaint suburb is formed by the junction of three city canals and is a popular spot to drift along on narrowboats. Entertain your inner child at the waterside Puppet Theatre Barge, then grab a bite at one of the neighborhood’s historic pubs: The Warwick Castle, The Warrington, and the Prince Alfred. I think it looks like a beautiful place to paint en plein air.

5. Hit the pubs! There are pubs everywhere and the beer is just better in England. The pubs were a great place to get to know my peers and instructors on a more personal level. They were also great spots to catch up on sketches, enjoy the brews and connect with my new friends!

Julie Araujo will graduate with a master’s degree in Studio Art from Fresno State in May as the College of Art and Humanities 2024 Graduate Student of Distinction.  She teaches art at Fresno City College, sometimes in the same classroom where she first took drawing as an undergraduate. Next year, she and her family plan to move to Germany to continue her education and teaching.


Photo of 2022 Lund Scholar Tony Xiong

A Lund Scholar’s Guide to London: Julie Araujo

by | Apr 28, 2024 | London Program, Uncategorized


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