Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of Julie Robinson’s new paintings. Working in the tradition of color-field artists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis, Robinson’s acrylic on frosted Mylar works are a unique combination of contemporary expressionism and minimalism. Her Translucents are composed by layering numerous glazes, soft fluid areas, and intuitive gestural marks. Robinson’s paintings are often both playful and meditative – inviting the viewer to a personal experience.
The inherent transparency of Mylar coupled with Robinson’s delicate compositions creates the sense of floating in space. Each layer is in dialogue with the layer underneath and as the artist explains, “the process is a synthesis of intuition, patience, and chance.”
Robinson studied at the University of New Orleans and New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. She received her MA in Architecture from Tulane University and lived in New Orleans for 30 years. She now lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina and was selected for “On The Verge” by WNC Magazine as one of the top ten emerging artists in Western North Carolina. Robinson’s work is included in notable private collections in New Orleans, Houston, Asheville, and Berkeley.