Thursday, 30 January 2020

Art on a Postcard Auction for International Women's Day 2020

Copyright: Julie Umerle 

Copyright: Julie Umerle

I have donated the above two original artworks to Art on a Postcard's charity postcard auction that includes work by a number of celebrated female artists, including the Guerilla Girls, Harmony Hammond and Caroline Coon, for International Women's Day 2020. Proceeds to the Hepatis C Trust.

There will be an online auction at from 27 Feb - 11 March. Bidding starts at £50.
The works can be viewed at The Allbright Mayfair, 24 - 26 Maddox Street, London W1S 1QH on 2nd March.

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.

"A terrific autobiography by a remarkable artist and individual." Rebecca Swift, The Literary Consultancy, London.

"An extraordinary account: moving, frank, elegantly written, inspirational and interesting. Wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the art world." Tom Avery, Penguin Random House.

Available from, Waterstones, Foyles and selected London 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.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Aesthetica Art Prize 2019

7 March – 14 July, York Art Gallery

Pleased that my painting Split Infinity has been longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019 (selected from over 4500 artists) and will be published in this year's Future Now anthology.

The Future Now anthology showcases the work of 100 contemporary artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize, some of the most exciting artists from around the world, and it is a dynamic guide to international contemporary art.

My painting will also be part of the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition at York Art Gallery from 7 March - 14 July, where it will be exhibited digitally.

Split Infinity. 2017. 150 x 150 cm.Acrylic on canvas
© Julie Umerle 
"Umerle paints in series that are open-ended, exploring similarity, repetition and difference within each group of work. Split Infinity is geometric and hard-edged, but also contains free flowing areas where rivulets of paint cascade down the surface of the painting. The canvas is a divided field of blue and green." Aesthetica Magazine.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is an annual exhibition that invites audiences to explore, discover and engage with new ideas. The works on display cover a range of themes from technology, urbanisation and digitisation to population growth and ecological destruction and climate change. We are living in the Anthropocene. It’s the only time in history that human impact has had such a negative effect on the planet.

Great art can change lives. It reveals things we don’t know, encourages us to think differently and to see the world in a new way. Art is a way to convene, discuss and understand the world. There have been considerable shifts in civilisation in the Information Age – resulting in a change in the way we communicate, engage with and interact with each other. There has been a level of disconnect that has not been experienced before. The Digital Age has created a new way of seeing.

The pieces included this year’s exhibition draw on both personal and universal narratives, looking at how we are so connected to the internet and profiles, likes and shares that we are forgetting how to forget something and the wider impact this will have on culture. In the age of globalisation culture is becoming homogenised and identity is fluid. What does this mean for the individual?