Saturday, 18 February 2017

Contemporary Masters from Britain

Jiangsu Art and Craft Museum

Jiangsu Art Museum

Yantai Art Museum

Very excited to be part of the 'Contemporary Masters from Britain' exhibition which tours to three museums in China this year: Yantai Art Museum in Yantai, Jiangsu Art Museum in
Nanjing and the Arts and Crafts Museum in Nanjing. Above are photographs of the museums.

Whilst I have already exhibited my paintings in Europe and the USA, this will be the first time I have shown my work in China. I'll be exhibiting 'Eclipse', a painting from the Priseman Seabrook Collection.

'Contemporary Masters from Britain' begins on 7 July in Yantai; then travels to Nanjing from 24 October until 31 October 2017.

A catalogue is published to accompany the exhibition with an essay by Robert Priseman. This can be purchased through Amazon or downloaded from the website here. Click to view.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Memoir: 'Art Life and Everything'

'Maze'. Oil and acrylic on canvas
© Julie Umerle
"I was happy with the direction my painting was taking and the way it had evolved. Most of my peers were supportive of my work but my paintings often received a mixed response from the faculty. I didn't mind the criticism. In fact, it helped keep me grounded and encouraged me to work harder.

One of the positive crits I received for my work was from Jerry Saltz, a visiting tutor who wrote for the Village Voice when I was a student and who is now senior art critic and columnist for New York Magazine. He was always very enthusastic and encouraging about my work. He described one of my paintings as looking like 'fucked-up formica'. He certainly has a way with words but the simile was intended to be complimentary."

Chapter Ten. Parsons School of Design.
Excerpt from 'Art, Life and Everything', unpublished memoir by Julie Umerle edited by Anna McNay

© Julie Umerle

Friday, 16 December 2016

Memoir: 'Art, Life and Everything'

Carpenters Road Studios, Stratford, East London
"In 1989, after my lease at Stratford Workshops expired, I moved to a large Acme studio complex in East London on the site of an old Yardley's perfume factory. Carpenters Road Studios was the largest studio block in Europe with 140 studios on site. It was an opportunity to meet and interact with a wide range of artists so I was very excited about joining the group. Several floors of the old factory had been converted into studios; nearly 500 artists worked there between 1985 and 2001, including Rachel Whiteread, Fiona Rae and Grayson Perry.

At first I rented one of the starter studios on the ground floor which was a large room sub-divided into six, partitioned off from each other, yet still somewhat open plan. My studio had a skylight, whilst some of the adjoining studios had no natural light at all. I worked there for four years before moving to a bigger studio in the same development when I was finally able to afford more space."

Chapter Six. Ten Years of Painting.
Excerpt from 'Art, Life and Everything', unpublished memoir by Julie Umerle edited by Anna McNay

© Julie Umerle

Friday, 28 October 2016

SCOPE Miami Beach 2016

Installation view

Delighted to be showing my work at this year's SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair, Booth H19.

The 16th edition of SCOPE Miami Beach returns to the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street. Featuring 125 international exhibitors from 22 countries and 57 cities, SCOPE Miami Beach will welcome over 50,000 visitors over the course of 6 days. Amidst an unprecedented outpouring of critical acclaim from press, curators and collectors, and a digital and social media outreach campaign garnering over 450 million impressions, SCOPE Miami Beach is once again poised to lead the charge for emerging contemporary art markets.

For further details about the art fair, please visit the SCOPE website:

Friday, 7 October 2016

Art on a Postcard Secret Auction

I am pleased to be supporting this auction with one of my works to raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust.

The exhibition takes place at Maddox Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London from 12 - 17 November 2016. The secret auction takes place on 17 November 2016 from 3pm.

Art on a Postcard has partnered with Dreweatt and Bloomsbury Auctions to show the auction live via a webcast on 17 November. Online bidding will also be possible. 

Members of the public will be able to view the postcards in person at Maddox Gallery and online from Thursday 27th October at

With around 400 collectable postcard sized works of art up for auction, including works by Grayson Perry, Maggie Hambling, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Blake, Harland Miller, Gilbert and George, John Wragg, Paul Huxley and Steven Farthing. 


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Memoir: 'Art, Life and Everything'

Car Breaker Gallery
©Tony Sleep
"I was offered my first solo exhibition in London at the Car Breaker Gallery in an area of West London called Frestonia. Originally home to 120 squatters with many artists, actors, writers and musicians among its residents, Frestonia was part of the counterculture and had an interesting history. It had declared itself a free republic. But I felt comfortable among all this anarchy and mayhem, enjoying the creativity that came with it.

The exhibition proved a memorable event although the opening day was rather shambolic. We hung the paintings in the morning then shared a meal in the gallery that evening, followed by the most dysfunctional private view I can remember. As it grew dark, we turned out the lights and viewed the exhibition by candlelight. Later, one of the residents gave an impromptu performance in the middle of the room. It seemed like the whole street was squeezed into the gallery that night."

Chapter Four: Real Life
Excerpt from 'Art, Life and Everything', unpublished memoir by Julie Umerle edited by Anna McNay

© Julie Umerle