Julie Evans @ Julie Saul Gallery
Back when I was still finding the time to write the Artist of the Week segments (yes, I wish I could still do them, but they were very time consuming...if someone could add a few more hours to the day, and all that), I offered some info on my dear friend Julie Evans' astounding work. Her Artist of the Week post began:
Anyone who's been reading this feature regularly may have noticed I tend not to write about abstract work as much as I do representational work. That's because writing about abstract work is hard. Seriously, it's a task best left to poets, which I most definitely am not. It requires a mastery of metaphor, not to mention a keen vision (in both senses). So forgive me if I insist that rather than judging by my paltry poetics, in this case you really have to see this work for yourself in person.I'm still learning how to talk about abstraction, but I'm very pleased to redirect you to that original post in celebration of Julie's solo exhibition at Julie Saul Gallery, which opens tomorrow. From the gallery press release:
The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of new gouache and acrylic paintings on paper and panel by New York artist Julie Evans. Her work brings together influences of contemporary Western abstraction with those of traditional, Eastern miniature painting, combing the most delicate patterning and layering with bold forms and swathes of intensely rich color. The work is deeply sensual and at the same time playful, suggesting both the spiritual and popular nature of ornamentation. They employ complicated palettes that pair those borrowed from traditional Indian miniatures with the brightness of fluorescent pinks and acidic greens, underscoring the double-mindedness of the work.I'll still insist you have to see these pieces in real life to appreciate their vibrancy and simply breathtaking palette and magical sensibility, but knowing not all of you will make it to NYC during Julie's exhibition, I'll sneak in a few images from the show here (click to see larger):
Evans works slowly and painstakingly, rendering delicate garlands and intricate mandalas, and filling large expanses of color with tiny, countless, vertical strokes. She creates ambiguous spaces within spaces that are at once both micro and macro in realm, keeping the viewer up close to these intimate works, but with the sense of their broader reach into place and time.
She has worked in India and Nepal, including travel and research supported by a Fulbright Scholarship studying with a master of Indian miniature painting. Critic Mario Naves wrote of Evans' work that she "creates vistas infinitely more expansive than the physical parameters of the paintings support. Clearly the conventions of Indian miniature paintings have become second nature to her."
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