|Naples Orange. 2013. Acrylic on canvas. 135 x 135 cm.|
Rewind: Julie UmerlePaintings and works on paper by London-based artist Julie Umerle whose approach to art has recently been described by New York Arts Magazine as a "new way of thinking with abstract painting". At Rewind, Art Bermondsey Project Space is showing a a solo exhibition of her latest works: large-scale paintings, a series of smaller canvases and a series of works on paper.
The Rewind series is characterised by unprimed canvases, emphasising the simplicity of the image. The most immediate element of the work is actually the object itself, positioned very close to the edges of the canvas. Her series, Transoxide, was developed on wet stretched paper, where coloured grounds were layered with white paint and marks of black ink. The pressure of the brush, the viscosity of the paint and the speed of application are just some of the variables that play a part in her mark-making process.
“Julie Umerle’s paintings exist at the meeting point of decision and accident, as indeed do our lives.” Mark Westall, FAD Magazine.
Julie Umerle is an American-born artist raised in London. She studied fine art at Falmouth University, Cornwall, and graduated from Parsons School of Design, New York in 1998 with a MFA in painting. She then lived and worked between London and New York for a further five years. She is currently based in London. Her work has been included in major group shows such as 'British Abstract Art' at Flowers Galleries; the Royal Academy’s ‘Summer Exhibition’; ‘London Art Fair’; and 'Contemporary British Painting' at The Crypt Gallery, Marylebone. Her most recent solo show, 'Cosmos or Chaos', was held at studio1.1 in Redchurch Street. Exhibitions in the USA include 'Generations' at AIR Gallery, NYC; 'Night of 1000 Drawings' at Artists Space, NYC; 'Postcards from the Edge' at Metro Pictures, NYC; as well as Art Miami, Florida (Caridi Gallery). She has also shown in Paris and Berlin.
Rewind is funded by Arts Council England. A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition with an essay by Anna McNay.
Rewind: Julie Umerle
31 August – 10 September 2016
Art Bermondsey Project Space
183-185 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW
Tel: 0203 441 5152
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