Julie Gross

Julie Gross uses painting’s surface as a way to explore spatial interactions of form in an optical and mathematical way. Gross, who used to work as a graphic designer, has an interest in quantum physics, patterns, and what she calls “visual echoes”. She developed a method of painting in 1998 using compasses to “choreograph a network of circular forms,” based on Sine waves and S-curves; she first draws with the compass on tracing paper, then makes color studies with gouache, and finally makes the painting with oil on linen. This method has come to define Gross’s practice; her works are characterized by precise contour lines, flat forms, and careful coloring.

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