Julie Umerle is an abstract painter who lives and works in London's East End. Born in Connecticut USA, she moved  to London with her family at the age of five. She graduated with 1st Class Hons (Fine Art) from Falmouth University, Cornwall, and was awarded a MFA (Painting) from Parsons School of Design in New York City.  Umerle  makes work that explores the processes of abstract painting. Her practice is an investigation of materials and perception of the image. She paints in series that are consistently open-ended, exploring similarity, repetition and difference within each group of work. Recent paintings explore the parameters of geometry, colour and space. Umerle has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, and is the recipient of  a number of awards from Arts Council England. Her work is represented in public and private collections worldwide including Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale and Pinsent Masons LLP. She has been artist-in-residence at The Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf, London since 2017. In 2019, her memoir 'Art, Life and Everything' was published in London as a limited edition.


Selected exhibitions

2021   Recent Paintings, Bermondsey Project Space, London (solo show)

2021    W1 Curates, Flannels, Oxford Street, London

2020   The Hampshire Art Show, Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Andover, Hampshire

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  

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

2018   In Residence, The Marriott Canary Wharf, London (solo show)   

2018   Beyond The Surface, The Crypt, Marylebone, London

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

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

2016   Rewind, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London (solo show)

2016   Scope Art Show, Miami Beach, Florida

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

2015    Present Tense, Swindon Art Gallery, Wiltshire

2014   Contemporary British Painting, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Yorkshire   

2014   Art Converters, studio1.1, London

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

2011   Unearthed, Warton House, Stratford, London

2011   Fire Station Centenary, Acme Studios, London

2010   Cosmos or Chaos, studio1.1, Shoreditch, London (solo show) 

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   Ten Paintings, DMH Stallard LLP, London (solo show)

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, NY



2021   Arts Council England Award

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