Julia Schwadron

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Black Flower Prism, oil on board, 24 x 18in, 2009
Curtain, oil on board, 22 x 30in, 2010
Cluster Field, oil on board, 30 x 22in, 2010
Transformer, oil and acrylic on board, 12 x 10in, 2010
Split Tree, oil on board, 9 3/4 x 9 3/4in, 2010
Artist's Statement

My most recent paintings utilize tropes of painting such as Still Life and Landscape to explore material possibilities through which an image can arise. In "Black Flower Prism," for example, I am scratching back through layers of paint in order to reveal the vase of flowers through an imagined screen - which is really the remnants of glazes above.

From the perspective of physically putting a painting together, I like to reveal the pathways.  From the perspective of what the painting becomes, I want it to hold within it the energy and the humanity of it's making – the back and forth, between painting and object, between me and the painting, and the viewer and their associations. Between what’s “real” and what’s magical, between what’s there as material and what the material suggests.


Julia Schwadron was born in Providence, R.I., raised in Los Angeles, California, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY

Julia studied art and science at UC San Diego and in 2004 she received her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art. While at Tyler, she was awarded a Jacob Javits Fellowship. She attended the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2000, and in 2006, was awarded a Joan Mitchell Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT.

Julia was a founding member of the “Matzo Files,” a flat file project inside Streit’s Matzo factory on the Lower East Side. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Iowa from 2007-2009, and currently works in in her studio in Manhattan. This Fall, Julia will travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand to serve as a Visiting Professor in Painting at Chiang Mai University for one year. For more info, please visit www.juliaschwadron.com