"In [this exhibition], I create complications and obstacles in the reading of the painted surface. By abstracting from my photographic collages of spaces in the city, I give the paintings an underlying premeditated structure alongside their intuitive materiality." - Julie Beugin
“Suspense in fiction is created through narrative obstacles, problems that create a kind of pleasurable delay in the resolution of a plot. In the exhibition Soft Obstacles, I create complications and obstacles in the reading of the painted surface.” Julie Beugin
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Julie Beugin returns this April for her second solo exhibition of paintings at VIVIANEART. Titled Soft Obstacles, this new series of works furthers the artist’s exploration of her home for a full decade now, Berlin, Germany. Using her own photographs of the urban spaces around her she paints, cuts and layers to create her abstractions.
Despite the dark tones and density of her surroundings, Beugin is deeply influenced by her Canadian roots. She finds moments of light with her camera and this light becomes a consistent element on her canvases. Her use of white and transparent paint applied with bold loose strokes allows for room to breath, a subtle reference to the Canadian landscape.
Beugin holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University, Vancouver, and a Masters of Fine Art from Concordia University, Montreal. She is the recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council award, several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2009 she was shortlisted for the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition.