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Julia Rymer

Littleton, Colorado, United States



Upcoming Events

Analog: Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Fiber Art, Kinder-Padon Gallery, Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO. Opening February 18th and running through March 9th.


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About the Artist

I am an artist, art educator and entrepreneur living in the Denver Metro area of Colorado. My 20-year art career spans numerous solo and group exhibitions and inclusion in many corporate, museum and private collections throughout the United States. I hold an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, and a BFA in Painting from the University of Denver. My work is currently represented by Serena & Lily, an interior design and lifestyle brand, and has been featured in Colorado Parent, Westword, Trouvé Magazine, Creative Women’s Co blog and Southern Living.

Additionally, I am the co-founder of artboss, a company that provides education and coaching services to creative professionals looking to build their businesses. I have an extensive background teaching art at the college and university level as well as in art education for children. I was the Winter 2019 artist-in-residence at the Children’s Museum of Denver, and am a faculty member at the Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village.


Artist Statement

My interactions with nature—from examining the minutia of biological cells and seeds to experiencing the vastness of mountains and oceans—inspire the shapes, color interactions and designs that appear in my work. Each piece I create evolves like geological strata, layers building up over time, cultivating structure in the overall composition. I think of my work as research; much as Josef Albers spoke of his work, saying “All my painting is actually study. The longer I do it, the more and more it is endless.”

In this way, my work is a reflection of all that I am, all that nature is, and all the wonder that exists in our universe. But, I boil it all down to an essence of mark and form and color, leaving only trace references to nature, so the work is abstract and requires engagement, contemplation and interpretation from the viewer.

Analog, my most recent and ongoing series of mixed media and oil paintings on canvas and paper, emerged out of a need to slow down, to simply work and be, like the ancient painters on cave walls. Contemporary life is fast, and electric, and I often feel as if I have been propelled down a highway at 70 miles an hour because I have. I am the mother of two young children, and I work as an artist, art educator and entrepreneur. I am busy. This is the reality of my life, and it does not filter into my work so much as marinate me in it.

By engaging with the natural world through abstract painting, my work asks if art needs to reflect our digital society, or if it can exist outside of it, in connection with nature. What if art gave you the same experience as meditation or walking in the woods? What if art was a place to diffuse, rather than jar your senses? What if art was unapologetically feminine, beautiful and emotional?

These are the many questions I now ask as an artist existing today. This body of work comes from my own needs as a human. My work is contemporary, even if it uses slow technology, even if it is analog in a digital world. My paintings harken back to a primal, rooted part of us as human animals, a part that is still there, but buried by evolution and speed and innovation. My paintings center themselves in the human essence of existence, in our place in nature, as part of it¬ – slow, deliberate, and real.


Exhibitions

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2020 Analog, Solo Exhibition, Kinder-Padon Gallery, Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO
2018 Ellipses, MLB Designs & Boutique, Kansas City, MO
Celestial: Two Person Exhibition, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2015 Entanglements, Montclair Gallery, Oakland, CA
2014 Two-Person Exhibition, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2010 New Works, Rockridge Library, Oakland, CA
2008 Aggression Dynamic, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO
2007 Spectra, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO
2005 night paintings, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
2004 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2002 Canvas, Paper, Board: Julia Rymer and James Thomson, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

Group Exhibitions

2019 It's a Color Thing, Framed Image Gallery, Denver, CO
Instructor Showcase, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO
2018 Chasing 360: Exploring Process with 5 Abstract Artists, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO
Winter Group Show, Slate Art + Batch Showroom, San Francisco, CA
Pink Progression, Center for Visual Arts & Denver Public Central Library, Denver, CO
2017 Contemporary Abstraction, curated by Julia Rymer, Room & Board, Denver, CO
Color Play: 5 Bay Area Artists, co-curated by Julia Rymer and Ellen Levine Dodd, Town of Danville Art Gallery, Danville, CA
2016 Dedicated to Community, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
Open Studios Group Exhibition, Room & Board, San Francisco, CA
2015 Seeing Red, Town Center Art Gallery, Danville, CA
D2D: Dedicated to Design, Jennifer Permutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2014 San Francisco Open Studios, Misho Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Summer Show, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
Coalition for Californina Artists Group Exhibition, NH2 Salon, Novato, CA
2013 Water on Paper, Red Delicious Press, Aurora, CO
Aqueous, National Juried Exhibition, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
BAYVAN Artist Registry 2013, Bay Area Visual Arts Network, Berkeley, CA
2012 Abstracts, Studio 7 Fine Arts, Pleasanton, CA
Mono y Mono, National Juried Exhibition, Gallery at the J, Austin, TX
SciArt, ScienceOnline 2012 Conference, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
BAYVAN Artist Registry 2012, Bay Area Visual Arts Network, Berkeley, CA
2011 Abstracts, Studio 7 Fine Arts, Pleasanton, CA
2010 Juried Alumni Exhibition, Victoria H. Myren Gallery, School of Art and Art History, University of Denver, CO
What Lies Above, Below and in Between, Linda Ryan Fine Art, Livermore, CA
1000 Sketchbooks Project, Arthouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA and Brooklyn, NY
Paperworks 2010: Juried Art Exhibition, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, Minot, ND
2009 Collective Nouns, Metro State Faculty Biennial, Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO
2008 Juried Student/Alumni Exhibition, School of Art & Art History, University of Denver, CO
27th Annual Juried Exhibition, Littleton Historical Museum, Littleton, CO
2007 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall, Very Special Arts Gallery, Denver, CO
Collective Nouns, MSCD Faculty Exhibition, Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO
2006 METRO Biennial: MSCD Faculty Exhibition, Emanuel Gallery, Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO
Abstraction, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO
2004 Faculty Exhibition, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Lakewood, CO
Four Person Exhibition, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
Exploration/Innovation, Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Pratt MFA Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY
The Grand Group Show, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Colliding: MFA Drawing Exhibition, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
MFA Open Studios Tour, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Recent Works: Pratt MFA Exhibition, Steuben West Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
MFA Open Studios Tour, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2002 Recent Works: Pratt MFA Exhibition, Steuben East Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2001 Very Special Arts Annual Auction& Exhibition, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
Recent Works 2001, The Salon Studio, Loveland, CO
2000 Journey, Senior BFA Exhibition, University of Denver, CO
1999 Miniatures, Juried Student Exhibition, University of Denver, CO
Faces of Woman, Juried Exhibition, New Mexico Highlands State University, Las Vegas Arts Council, Las Vegas, NM


Education

M.F.A. 2004 Painting Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, cum laude
B.F.A. 2000 Painting University of Denver, Denver, CO, cum laude
1999 Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing, Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France


Awards

2020 Career Development Award, Colorado Creative Industries

Gallery Representation

Serena & Lily