Julie Schumer

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The textured, layered, ambiguous forms of the figure produces an image that appears to have been uncovered, as if discovered at an archaeological site.  The figures mix a feeling of the ancient with the contemporary.  The additive and subtractive nature of the process of their creation furthers this quality.  The paintings present as abstract shapes, lines and colors that suddenly comprise a recognizable figure or group of figures.  They are not necessarily male or female, but rather contain all of humanity.  Given the ambiguity of their identity and gender, they portray timeless and familiar interactions.  The universality of their relationships are revealed through groupings and small gestural cues such as the tilt of a shoulder, curve of the spine or bend of the leg.  

 


I have been an abstract expressionist painter since age 5.  The immediacy and freshness of this style as well as its complexity and boldness has always spoken to me.  To this end I paint with acrylic paint in an alla prima style, in a spontaneous and physical way, moving back and forth across the painting surface, making marks that dance across that surface. I start by introducing color, shapes and line, then respond to their development.  I move these elements around, adding and removing paint in multiple layers.  The work pushes and pulls itself to completion.  I have had the good fortune to live in New Mexico for a number of years where the light, sky and general landscape are captivating.  My work is inspired by this beauty surrounding me and is a translation of the energy of my environment onto canvas, panel or paper.  More recently, my work has focused on my own interior landscape, guided by my intuition and emotion.

The paintings in my figurative series on paper arise organically from the paper, and appear through subtle layers of paint that are applied and partially removed over a heavily textured surface.  I use a neutral palette with strategic hits of color. The works are constructed with thick textural material on heavy water color paper and are created with layers of acrylic paint and graphite.

 

Julie Schumer  was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  She began painting at age 5 and continued through high school. Julie was an abstract expressionist early on, being chastised by her elementary school teachers for her drippy, non-realist work. In college her practical nature asserted itself and she became a lawyer instead of an artist. In 2000, Julie reconnected with an old friend, artist James Koskinas.  He sensed her long suppressed desire to create art and asked her why she wasn’t painting. Julie answered she did not know. Koskinas brought her several pieces of wood, brushes and acrylic paint and said, “Paint.” Julie hasn’t stopped painting since. She and Koskinas joined forces and moved to New Mexico from California in 2002. They paint companionably together in their Santa Fe studio, a modern day Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner.

Julie’s work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and is in many private collections. She recently made her debut as an independent film producer in the award winning feature film, “The Twilight Angel,” about the artistic process and struggle, featuring the words, performance and art of James Koskinas.

BORN: Los Angeles, California

 

EDUCATION

 

1975 B.A. English, magna cum laude, UCLA, Los Angeles, California

1978 J.D., Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, California

Art Studies at Art Institute, Los Angeles, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, and with artists Robert Burridge, Mira White, Bob Winston and Ed Gilliam

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2018, January, Art Expo Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

2017, December, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, group holiday show, Santa Fe, NM

2017, July, Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2017, April, solo show, Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2017, March, two person show, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA

2016, November, Art San Diego, Redwood Media Group, San Diego, CA

2016, February, two person show, Louisa Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX

2015, January, solo show, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA

2014  May, group show, Jay Etikin Gallery, Memphis, TN

2013, June, group show, Sarah Park Gallery, Stonington, CT

2012, December, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012, April, group show Muse Fine Art, Denver, CO

2011, November, group show Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX

2011, November, group show at Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011, May, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011, April, group show, Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT

2011, January, three person show, Matrix Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2010, September, three person show, Matrix Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2010, August, group show1228  Parkway Art Space, Santa Fe, NM

2009, November, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009, May, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008, November, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008, May, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007, December, group show, Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007, October, group show, Marziart, Hamburg, Germany

2007, September, group show Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT

2007, September, two person show 1228 Parkway Art Space, Santa Fe, NM

2007, May, group show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007, April, group show, Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT

2006 October, two person show, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY

2006, June, two person show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006, May, group show, Lyman Allyn Musuem, New London, CT

2006, March, group show, Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT

2005, August, two person show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005, May, group show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005, April, two person show, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY

2005, March, Emerging Artists Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2005, January, group show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2004, November, two person show, SKF Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

September, 2016  American Art Collector, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA

July, 2014, Studio Visit Magazine

December, 2012, Denver Centric Magazine

Fall, 2012-Winter, 2013, Tucson Where Magazine

May, 2011, American Art Collector Magazine

September 2010, Pasatiempo, Santa Fe, NM

Spring, 2010 Tops Magazine, Lexington, Ky

Fall/Winter 2007 Trend Magazine, Santa Fe, NM

October, 2007, Internationale Kunst, Hamburg

September, 2007, Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe, NM

2007, Book Cover, The Meaning of Others, by Ruthellen Josselson, et al., published            by the American Psychological Association

April 2006, Stonington Times, Stonington, CT

June 2006, Pasatiempo, Santa Fe, NM

December, 2005, Albuquerque Journal North, Santa Fe, NM

Summer, 2005, Arts and Antiques Magazine

May, 2005, Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington, Ky

May, 2005, Nougat Magazine, Lexington, Ky