Whether we realize it or not, the whole of our surroundings is filled with and made out of motion happening on many different levels. We may see the sea and its waves, the dog running across its shore, the kids playing in the sand, but there’s much more movement to the picture that escapes the eye – the slight breeze touching the skin and moving the clouds in the sky, the light moving through space, illuminating… Every tiny particle moves constantly and though we may only focus on the larger movements, Julia Katz explores the notion completely in her rich paintings. Presenting the universal energy of motion, Katz ties together the movement of human figures and their surroundings in her practice.
Exploring the world of motion, Julia Katz chooses the beach as one of the settings that best portrays the concept. Following the human figure that is at ease in such an environment, movement becomes free and there’s plenty of it between the people and the lush surroundings constantly in motion itself. With a vast number of natural elements comprising the setting including the sea, the sky, and the air, there’s always a sense of motion within the painting that Katz vividly depicts using oil colors. With her work evolving even further, she examines the same principles within different environments, delving into the relation between her subjects and the elements of nature, none of which are ever still.
Inspired by the unity of energy flowing through all things in the universe represented by the Chinese system Qigong, Julia Katz reaches new heights not only in her ever-evolving practice but in the development of her own character and intuition. Showing a connection through movement in her paintings, Katz visually portrays these ideas in a stunning manner. Regardless of the background she chooses, there’s an omnipresent feeling of swirling energy coming out of each of its comprising elements, leaving a strong impression on any viewer. Depicting people concerned with their own current state, she reveals a higher state of things often escaping the daily thoughts.
The artist is represented by the Azart Gallery.
Featured image: Julia Katz – Pathway (detail). All photos credit the artist.
All images used for illustrative purposes only.
|2015||Go Figure – Figurative Group Show||Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC||Group|
|2014||6 Pack – A Figurative Show||Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI||Group|
|2014||Summer Group Show||Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2014||Little Boxes||Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI||Group|
|2013||Coastlines||Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2013||Watch Your Step – Movement in Art||Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI||Group|
|2013||15th Anniversary||Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC||Group|
|2011||Force of Nature||Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2011||Garden Dance||Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC||Solo|
|2011||First Impressions||Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI||Group|
|2011||14th International Open||Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2010||People Watching||Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Making a Splash||Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Spectrum 2009||Hunter Museum of American Art, Chatanooga, TN||Group|
|2009||Introductions||Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC||Group|
|2009||Counterpoint||Chicago Artist Month, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2008||The Silent and the Social||Chicago Artist Month, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2007||Dance Marathon||Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2007||Highland Park Art Walk 2007||Anatomically Correct,||Group|
|2007||National Art Premiere 2007||Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL||Group|
|2006||Personal Space||Dulgar Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL||Solo|
|2006||Transfigure: The Body in Motion||Gwenda Jay||Group|
|2006||Highland Park Art Walk 2006||Anatomically Correct, Highland Park, IL||Group|
|2006||Women’s Works||Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, IL||Group|
|2006||Artists of 60035||Chicago in Bloom, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2004||Real People||Old Court House Figurative League, Woodstock, IL||Group|
|2003||Self Conscious||Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL||Solo|
|2003||Naked or Nude||Fine Art Building Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|