Julie Umerle is a contemporary abstract painter. Julie  lives and works in London. Following her graduation with a First-class Hons degree from  Falmouth University, Cornwall , she gained her MFA at Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she graduated in 1998. 


Julie  is an award-winning artist who has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Her work is represented in public and private collections worldwide including Deutsche Bank, The Connaught and Pinsent Masons, as well as a number of museum collections. She  makes work that explores the processes of abstract painting. Her practice is an investigation of materials and perception of the image.


Her paintings are a series that are consistently open-ended, exploring similarity, repetition and difference within each group of work. Her recent collection of paintings explore the parameters of geometry, colour and space.


 Her memoir 'Art, Life and Everything' was published in 2019 to critical acclaim.


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1998  MFA (Painting), Parsons School of Design, New York City


Selected solo exhibitions:

2021   Recent Paintings, Bermondsey Project Space, London

2019   Art, Life and Everything, studio1.1, Shoreditch, London

2018   In Residence, The Marriott, Canary Wharf, London

2016   Rewind, Bermondsey Project Space, London

2010   Cosmos or Chaos, studio1.1, Shoreditch, London

2008  Ten Paintings, DMH Stallard LLP, London

1995   Recent Paintings, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

1988   Ten Years of Painting, Barbican Centre, London

1991   Posk Gallery, Hammersmith, London 

1989   Finegold Contemporary Art, Yorkshire 

1989   South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire 

1988   Ten Years of Painting, Barbican Centre, London 

1985   Albany Arts Centre, Deptford, London 

1985   Soho Theatre, Soho, London 

1980   Car Breaker Gallery, Frestonia, London 


Selected group exhibitions:

2023   Benefiz-Kunstauktion, Sotheby's, Cologne 

2022   Five Needle Five Wire, Thameside Gallery, London 

2021   Make It Blue, W1 Curates, Flannels, Oxford Street, London

2019   Future Now, Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York

2019   Made in Britain, National Museum of Poland, Gdansk

2019   A Book About Death, Islip Art Museum, New York

2019   Attract, curated by Cultivate Gallery, London 

2018   Another World, curated by Tracey Emin, Deutsche Bank Lounge, Frieze London 

2018   Beyond The Surface, The Crypt, Marylebone, London

2018   Intent, curated by Cultivate Gallery, London

2017   Contemporary Masters from Britain, Yantai Art Museum, China (touring)  

2017   Creekside Open, selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery, London

2017   Red, curated by Cultivate Gallery, London

2016   Scope Art Show, Miami Beach, Florida

2015   DACS Foundation Auction, Londonnewcastle Project Space, London

2015   Contemporary British Watercolours, Maidstone Museum, Kent (touring)

2015   Present Tense, Swindon Art Gallery and Museum, Wiltshire

2015   British Intelligence, Madison Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia  

2014   Contemporary British Painting, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Yorkshire

2014   Art Converters, studio1.1, Shoreditch,  London

2012   Art of Angel, Angel Underground Station, Islington, London

2011   Unearthed, Warton House, Stratford, London

2011   Fire Station Centenary, Acme Studios, London

2010   Art Miami, Caridi Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida

2009   Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2009   London Art Fair, Contemporary Art Projects, London

2009   Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, New York, NY 

2008   Start Your Collection, Contemporary Art Projects, Shoreditch, London

2008   00 Nature, Contemporary Art Projects, Shoreditch, London

2007   Art in Mind, Brick Lane Gallery, London

2007   Arts Unwrapped, Acme Fire Station, London

2006   Below the Radar, Mantra Art, London

2005   Art4life, Christie's, King Street, London

2003   Four Artists, Woolff Gallery, London   

2003   Summer Show, Woolff Gallery, London

2002   Art4lilfe, Christie's, King Street, London

2001   Summer Show, Blue Gallery, Shoreditch, London

1999   14th Street Painters, Earl Gallery, New York

1998   a to b drawing salon,  Cameron Weiland, New York
1998  MFA exhibition, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York

1997  Night of 1000 drawings, Artists Space, New York

1997  Generations, AIR Gallery, New York

1996  Cabinet show,  Blue Gallery, Chelsea, London

1996  PICACOC 3, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia

1996  British Abstract Art: III, Flowers East Gallery, London

1995  The London Group, Barbican Centre, London

1995  Fear of Flatness, Atlantis Gallery, London

1995  Imperial Cancer Research Fund, Christie's, London


Selected Awards

2021    Arts Council England Award

2021    Acme Studio Practice Fund

2020  Arts Council England ‘COVID-19 Support Grant' 

2015   Arts Council England Award

2008   Arts Council England Award

2007  Arts Council England Award

2005  Arts Council England Award

2001   Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award

1996    London Arts  Board

1988    Greater London Arts Award

1983    Greater London Arts Award