Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Julia Schwartz

24 Jul

Now Be Here: Julia Schwartz #339

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Julia Schwartz

Sea to Shining Sea, 2017
Oil on linen 24″x 18″

From Julia Schwartz:

I have always liked Keats’ idea of “negative capability” and it has been a touchstone in my life and in the studio. This may come in part from being essentially self-taught, although my colleagues remind me they too are always learning on the job. Without benefit or burden of formal “technique” in painting, I am comfortable with doubt and uncertainty, a stance that fits me well because it is compatible with my nature.

Painting is dialogic, a visceral and gestural call-and-response as an image is being formed. Some paintings have taken external images and events as their source material, including floods, disappearing icebergs, California light and the turbulent landscape, while other paintings take internal states as their subject matter. After the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, I stopped painting the figure and began painting structures of bone, flesh, and ice, as though the human form were no longer adequate to hold what I felt about the state of the world. Since then, figures slip in and out of paintings at will. I’m currently working in gouache in a 3000 page book as well as oil on linen, addressing all forms of seismic disasters: what does it look like to make sense out of senselessness?

There is a philosophical idea that suggests a work of art is most effective and meaningful when it offers a window into how the artist is making sense out of her existence at the time the work is made. I find myself trying always to find and show myself in my work, grounded in my time, in my locale, in my situation. It is this process rather than the end result or final appearance that is paramount for me. ~Julia Schwartz

Julia Schwartz

Charlie James Gallery

bG Gallery

Pelham Art Center

NY Times

TAM Torrance Art Museum

George Lawson Gallery- Turbulence: 8 Painters

Whitehot Magazine



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Art and Cake

ESXLA Eastside International Los Angeles

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The Dasein Project

Citrus College Clarion

San Diego Art Institute

Pleat Gallery

Peripheral Vision Arts

from Envelope Paintings Series:

art weekend LA

Studio Critical- Interview

Huffington Post

John Seed: Writing about painting- Interview

Curating Contemporary

Sea to Shining Sea, 2017 Oil on linen 24″x 18″



Painters’ Table

Buddy of Work


Saatchi Art


ahtcast- podcast interview

Fertile Mind, 2014
Oil on canvas 40″x 36″

Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*The idea for the amazing Now Be Here event came from the brilliant mind of artist Kim Schoenstadt.

*Julia Schwartz- Now Be Here LA artist #339

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