Julie Umerle paints in series that are often open-ended, exploring repetition and difference within each group. Her practice is an investigation of materials and the perception of the image, combining an experimental approach to materials with precision and thought.
The ‘Rewind’ paintings, each tightly positioned within the confines of a square, are a concretion of angles and arcs defined within a simple figure/ground relationship. Exploring geometric and biomorphic forms, these paintings are monochrome, minimalist and hard-edged.
The ‘Rewind Triptych’ is painted on translucent polyester fabric in which the hidden structure of the stretcher bars is quoted as a compositional tool, highlighting the constructed nature of the painting and its surroundings.
Signature: On reverse
Image rights: © 2018 Arte Globale Limited and the artist. All rights reserved.
2018 'Beyond the Surface', The Crypt, Marylebone, London
2017 'Contemporary Masters from Britain', Yantai Art Museum, China (touring)
2017 'Creekside Open' selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery, London
2017 'Contemporary Masters from the East of England', The Cut, Suffolk
2016 'SCOPE Art Show', Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida
2016 'Contemporary British Painting', Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight
2016 'Rewind', Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
2010 'Cosmos or Chaos', studio1.1, London*
Julie Umerle. Exhibition at Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
"Her practice suggests continuing creative developments of which interrupted moments are crystallised and thus depicted on canvas. Through a great work of abridgement, Umerle expresses clarity in degrees of precision and harmony."
Excerpt from 'London Art Reviews' article. 9 April 2017.
Julie Umerle: An Experiment in Mark-Making
"These paintings are an experiment, both in mark-making and materials, and typical of the way in which Umerle works: progressing from one piece to the next, continuing an idea, cycling through open-ended series, pushing boundaries and exploring elements that fascinate her along the way."
From exhibition catalogue 'Rewind' at Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, 2016
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More exploring art, Julie Umerle at Art Bermondsey Project Space
"Pieces alive with thought, with precise energy, precise yet free, one appearing to lead to the next, a flowing on-going series, exploring, minimal and at the same time anything but, pieces alive in their boldness in the stark white of the very white uncluttered almost naked rawness of the gallery. There's a serene sense to the drips, nothing feels random, the process is intriguing. This is a rewarding show, a strong show, intriguing pieces, thoughtful, graceful, powerful, bold, beautiful, a celebration of paint and the art of the mark and the artist's energy, her need to explore, to engage, to take it all on. The result is a beautifully minimal show, uncluttered works, refreshingly honest, slightly flawed in the most human of ways, an ongoing process a painter must go through again and again (and again)."
Excerpt from 'Organ Magazine' article. 9 September 2016.