The American-born, London-based artist Julie Umerle is a contemporary abstract painter whose work has been exhibited widely both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She has been the artist-in-residence at the Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf, London, since 2017, and in 2019 was named one of Aesthetica Magazine’s “100 Contemporary Artists”—the same year her memoir, Art, Life, and Everything, was published.
Comprised of ongoing series that explore the process and possibilities of abstraction, Umerle’s oeuvre can be seen as a formidable synthesis of the rich traditions of color field painting and geometric abstraction. Her subtle and meticulous canvases in many ways operate as investigations into the myriad of ways color, shape, and scale interact, both within a single composition as well as across series.
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