Wednesday, 15 January 2020

'Art, Life and Everything' on Amazon

My book 'Art, Life and Everything: A memoir' is available on as well as through selected bookshops.

This book is published as a limited edition.

ISBN: 9781527242166

Saturday, 11 January 2020


'Resonance'. 2019
Acrylic on 350gsm watercolour paper
21 x 15 cm
© Julie Umerle

Monday, 30 September 2019

Julie Umerle: Art, Life and Everything

'Art, Life and Everything' by Julie Umerle 

'Art, Life and Everything: A memoir' by Julie Umerle is OUT NOW as a limited edition paperback.

ISBN: 9781527242166

'A thoroughly enjoyable read. Art, Life and Everything shows the importance and joy of painting and making art.' Robin Klassnik OBE, Founder and Director of Matt's Gallery London.

'An extraordinary artist's memoir … Inspiring.' Amazon review.

'A wonderful, true story of thriving, survival in an exceptionally challenging artist's world.' Amazon review.

Available from, Waterstones, Foyles and selected bookshops.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Art, Life and Everything. Book Launch

Book cover of 'Art Life and Everything: A memoir'
by Julie Umerle
My memoir 'Art, Life and Everything' launches on 24 September 2019 as a limited edition of 300 copies (paperback). It is an account of my journey as an artist between the years 1978 - 2010, recounting my personal history during a time of extraordinary change in both the art world and the world at large.

The book launch will be hosted by Sracok and Pohlmann and studio1.1, 57A Redchurch Street, London E2 8DJ.

'Art, Life and Everything' is edited by Anna McNay, with a foreword by Colin Thubron CBE. The book consists of 186 pages, and contains 40 illustrations, 38 in colour. Upon publication, it will be available through Amazon, as well as a number of bookshops.

Robin Klassnik, founder and director of Matt's Gallery, London describes my book as:

"A thoroughly enjoyable read. Art, Life and Everything shows the importance and joy of painting and making art. It provides insight into how an artist functions in their studio and in the outside world.

Julie presents an investigative and relevant example of how an artist has to struggle and continue to work on a professional level, for that is what they do throughout their careers".

ISBN: 9781527242166

Monday, 22 July 2019

A Book About Death: Islip Art Museum, New York

Very pleased to be including an image in this international group show, entitled 'A Book About Death', at Islip Art Museum in New York. My piece is handmade, using ink on paper.

I've printed an edition of 500 postcards for the exhibition which runs from 14th September to 2nd November, 2019.

A Book About Death will take place at Islip Art Museum, Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, New York 11730. USA.

This is a global show celebrating the life and work of the late, underground American artist Ray Johnson, the father of the mail art movement (1927-1995) The first 'A Book about Death' exhibition was curated by Matthew Rose in 2009.

28 worldwide ABAD shows have followed over the past 10 years. This exhibition, in 2019, is the tenth anniversary edition - and quite possibly the last in the series.

Copyright: Julie Umerle

The whole of this 10th Anniversary ABAD Exhibition has been requested by a mail art museum in Paris,  France and by the Islip Art Museum for inclusion in their permanent collections. It will also be sent to MoMA in New York City to stand with the 2009 show they already have in their permanent collection.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Installation photos of 'Made in Britain', Gdansk

As promised, here are some installation shots of my painting, 'Eclipse', part of the Priseman Seabrook Collection, and currently showing in Gdansk at the National Museum of Poland's major new exhibition: 'Made in Britain - 82 Painters of the 21st Century'.

The exhibition presents 82 works of British art. It is the only art collection in the United Kingdom dedicated to painting produced in Britain after the year 2000.

My painting is included in the 'New Abstractions' section. The show continues until 2 June 2019. A catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibition.

Photos by Anna McNay.

'Made in Britain: 82 Painters of the 21st Century'
National Museum of Poland, Gdansk
'Made in Britain: 82 Painters of the 21st Century'
National Museum of Poland, Gdansk
'Eclipse', Julie Umerle
'Made in Britain', 'National Museum of Poland, Gdansk

Made in Britain - 82 Painters of the 21st Century
The National Museum, The Green Gate, Dlugi Targ 24, 80 - 828 Gdansk, Poland

Proud to be part of this fabulous exhibition!

Dates: 14 March  to 9 June 2019

Gallery open Tuesday - Sunday. 10.00 - 16.00

Curted by Robert Priseman, Anna McNay, Malgorzata Taraszkiewicz-Zwolicka and Malgorzata Ruszkowska-Macur

Saturday, 16 March 2019

A View From the Easel - Hyperallergic

I am pleased to have my studio featured in 'A View from the Easel' as part of  Hyperallergic's weekly series of artist studio shots. Hyperallergic is a Brooklyn-based arts magazine - "a forum for serious, playful, and radical thinking about art in the world today".

Studio photo by Peter Abrahams
My studio is a converted fire house in East London, in an industrial part of the city near to the former Olympic Site. It is a large, square space (around 550 square feet). The light in my studio is a constant source of inspiration. There is a skylight in the roof as well as a wall of windows. For an abstract artist, this is a very clean, clear space to work in and the best studio I have ever had.
I’ve painted the concrete floors with gray industrial paint; the walls — made of breeze blocks, bricks and concrete — have been painted white. I have constructed a large store in one corner of the studio where I can keep my paintings, and I have a plan chest to store my works on paper, so I try to keep the wall areas clear for me to paint on. I don’t use an easel but pin canvases to the wall directly and often work on more than one piece at the same time. I have a large table to work on in the middle of the studio. My work has become increasingly minimal since I moved into this studio some 15 years ago.