Julie Schumer

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Schumer’s ongoing figurative series are constructed in an intuitive manner and in the tradition of abstract expressionism with a strong focus on color shapes, figurative silhouettes, and contour line. Using pronounced textural layers and ambiguous human forms, she creates an image that appears to a have been excavated from the surface.

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Julie Schumer

ARTIST STATEMENT

"The paintings in my ongoing figurative series arise organically from the paper, and appear through the subtle layers of paint that are applied and partially removed with a soft hand. They gradually appear as though they have just arrived. They are at once both guardians and messengers ..."

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

JULIE SCHUMER
BORN 1954, Los Angeles, CA

Pronounced textural layers and ambiguous human forms in Julie Schumer’s work produce an image that appears to have been excavated. Her mixed media paintings thus evoke a sense of the prehistoric though presented with a contemporary approach and materials. Recurring anonymous figures in her works describe universal human relationships. Disregarding specific identities, gender, or place allows her work to portray timeless and familiar interactions.

Her figurative paintings are constructed in an intuitive manner and in the tradition of abstract expressionism. She begins by subtly layering paint and textural materials onto paper, canvas, or board. Paint is randomly added and partially removed. Because of the additive and subtractive nature of this process, the figures gradually appear and the composition is eventually established while working. Schumer’s figures and abstract work clearly reveal her creative process.

Overall, Schumer’s figurative work is dominated by a monochromatic palette with color peeping through. Thick textural shapes of high-quality, white joint compound are interrupted with bits of saturated acrylic and ink color. Her use of graphite line offers structure amongst a tumult of mark-making and delineates the figures from the indistinct space they collectively inhabit. The series of figures are developed on heavy cotton rag paper, which become stiff due to the extent of the media used.

Schumer conceives of these characters as engaging in conversations, within each painting there is a nuanced and new interaction. The subtle interplay between the figures is intimate and yet open to interpretation. At frontal or three-quarter postures these groups fully reveal their relationships through small gestural cues that reference classical posture, particularly contrapposto, a tilt of the shoulders, hips, or spine.

Schumer also paints large format abstracts in an expressionist and gestural style. The process of excavation, use of disappearing and appearing lines and shapes appear in these works as well, which when completed are many layered and complex. The palettes are neutral, containing only a handful of colors. Schumer starts by introducing color, shapes and line, then responds to their development in an intuitive fashion. She moves these elements around, adding and removing paint in multiple layers. The work pushes and pulls itself to completion. Schumer has had the good fortune to live in New Mexico for a number of years where the light, sky and general landscape are captivating. Her work is inspired by this surrounding beauty and is a translation of the energy of her environment onto canvas, panel or paper. As a result, these works range from the contemplative and atmospheric to the stormy. More recently, her work has focused on her own interior landscape, guided by her intuition and emotion.

Julie Schumer’s work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe. She has studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and with artists Robert Burridge, Mira White and Edward Gilliam and additionally graduated magna cum laude from UCLA and completed law school. She practices law and works in studio art in Santa Fe, NM.

education
1975  Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, UCLA, Los Angeles
1978  Juris Doctor, Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, CA
- Art Studies at Art Institute, Los Angeles, California College of Arts and Crafts,
         Oakland, with artists Robert Burridge, Mira White, Bob Winston and Ed Gilliam.

selected exibitions
2018  October, Art San Diego, Del Mar, CA
2018  June, Group show, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2018  January, Art Expo Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
2017  December, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, group holiday show, Santa Fe, NM
2017  July, Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2017  April, solo show, Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2017  March, two person show, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2016  November, Art San Diego, Redwood Media Group, San Diego, CA
2016  February, two person show, Louisa Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX
2015  January, solo show, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2014  May, group show, Jay Etikin Gallery, Memphis, TN
2013  June, group show, Sarah Park Gallery, Stonington, CT
2012  December, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2012  April, group show Muse Fine Art, Denver, CO
2011  November, group show Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX
2011  November, group show at Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2011  May, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2011  April, group show, Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT
2011  January, three person show, Matrix Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2010  September, three person show, Matrix Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2010  August, group show1228 Parkway Art Space, Santa Fe, NM
2009  November, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009  May, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008  November, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008  May, group show, Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007  December, group show, Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007  October, group show, Marziart, Hamburg, Germany
2007  September, group show Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT
2007  September, two person show 1228 Parkway Art Space, Santa Fe, NM
2007  May, group show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007  April, group show, Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT
2006  October, two person show, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
2006  June, two person show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006  May, group show, Lyman Allyn Musuem, New London, CT
2006  March, group show, Four Starr Gallery, Stonington, CT
2005  August, two person show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2005  May, group show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2005  April, two person show, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
2005  March, Emerging Artists Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2005  January, group show, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004  November, two person show, SKF Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

publications
2016  September, American Art Collector, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA
2014  July, Studio Visit Magazine
2012  December, Denver Centric Magazine
2012  Fall-2013 Winter, Tucson Where Magazine
2011  May, American Art Collector Magazine
2010  September, Pasatiempo, Santa Fe, NM
2010  Spring, Tops Magazine, Lexington, Ky
2007  Fall/Winter 2007, Trend Magazine, Santa Fe, NM
2007  October, 2007, Internationale Kunst, Hamburg
2007  September, Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe, NM
2007  Book Cover, The Meaning of Others, by Ruthellen Josselson,
          et al., published by the American Psychological Association
2006  April, Stonington Times, Stonington, CT
2006 June, Pasatiempo, Santa Fe, NM
2005  December, Albuquerque Journal North, Santa Fe, NM
2005  Summer, Arts and Antiques Magazine
2005  May, Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington, KY
2005  May, Nougat Magazine, Lexington, KY