Julie Umerle’s approach to art has recently been described by New York Arts Magazine as “a new way of thinking with abstract painting”. From 31 August – 10 September Art Bermondsey Project Space presents a solo show of recent works by London-based artist Julie Umerle. The exhibition will include a group of large scale canvases as well as a series of smaller paintings and works on paper.
The Rewind series of paintings is characterised by unprimed canvases, emphasising the simplicity of the image. The most immediate element of the work is actually the object itself, positioned very close to the edges of the painting. The Transoxide series is developed on wet stretched paper, where coloured grounds are layered with white paint and marks of black ink. The series continues Umerle’s ongoing investigation into materials, focusing particularly on the organic qualities of the ink and on the different responses of the various surfaces.
An award winning artist, Umerle is an American-born abstract painter who has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. She works in series that are often open ended, creating paintings that investigate the relationship between materials and the perception of the image. Her investigation focuses on the balance between precision and chance, exploring the materiality of paint and the processes of abstract painting.
“Julie Umerle’s paintings exist at the meeting point of decision and accident, as indeed do our lives.” - Mark Westall, FAD Magazine
Rewind is supported by Arts Council England. A catalogue is published to accompany the exhibition with an essay by Anna McNay.