“My painting practice is directly inspired by my immediate surroundings and environment. Most recently the focus of my attention has been on a familiar, intimate interior space, one in which I have spent most of my life. I seek to create observational studies noting the subtle transitions of light and colour as a space transforms. Paintings are developed over days and weeks, layering thick and thin areas of paint in contrast with bold and energetic brushstrokes which hold in stillness ever-fleeting moments. Once I started really ‘looking’ and being completely ‘aware’ of a familiar space I knew from youth, the same interior rooms and structure has changed. Early works were made from sources and subjects in which I had spent little time. My motivation and inspiration for painting derives from the notion of how difficult it is to perceive and observe a quality in something that is so familiar and simple in our day-to -day experiences,” Julia Vandepolder.
Julia Vandepolder received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Guelph (2004- 2009). Vandepolder has exhibited at public and private galleries across Canada, including solo shows: Afterglow at The Telephone Booth Gallery, Toronto (2013), Viewpoints at The Al Green Gallery, Toronto (2013) and At the Edge of a Shadow at The Brant Museum and Archives, Brantford (2013). She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the most recently Second Prize in the Shirley Jaychuk Painting Competition (2014), the Ellen Langlands’ Memorial Award in the Insights Juried Show at the Wellington Country Museum (2013), the First Prize Award in the Juried Exhibition at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia (2013) and an Emerging Artist grant from the Ontario Arts Council (2011). Her paintings are in national private and corporate collections, including BMO Financial Group. Vandepolder was born in 1986 in Guelph, Ontario and currently maintains a studio practice in Caledon, Ontario.
Two emerging Ontario artists, Julia Vandepolder and Mark Bahen, push landscape ever further away from the Group of Seven in a joint exhibit at Studio 21, 1273 Hollis St., Halifax, to June 18. Their point of view is marked by an awareness of the environmental impact of human beings on the natural and domestic world.…Read More