Thursday, May 29, 2008

This Storied Heart: Press Release

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Seattle painter and Pratt Instructor Julia Hensley is unveiling two of her most recent works on paper completed in late winter of this year. She is well known for her meticulously crafted and intimately scaled abstract urban landscapes. Her previous work organized the “banal chaos of urban detail” into flattened grids of carefully modulated, painted and cut paper squares and rectangles interwoven together not unlike a quilt or one of Mondrian’s grids.

Julia’s latest work, the expansive and seminal piece, “This Storied Heart”, represents a breakthrough in her evolution of working with the grid and cubic pixilation. Moving away from strictly depicting urban scenesand external realities, she is now staking new ground in the realm of the true “non-objective” composition. Working in a looser and highly intuitive way, “This Storied Heart” represents a slow natural accretion of cubic pixels, color washes and elusive imagery with no contrivance by the artist during the process. The result is a collage of remarkable organic complexity that visually mirrors the vicissitudes and intricacies of life and the human heart with a photographic clarity. Demonstrating equal measures technical skill and emotional sensitivity Julia has lead us to a place unforeseen at the beginning of her latest artistic journey.

- John Parkinson
Exerpt from Press Release

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I'm happy that with my first new post in a while I get to announce the unveiling of one of my newest works: This Storied Heart.

My painting is in a three-person show opening next month at Form, Space Light Gallery in Fremont. It takes up the entire north wall of the gallery, with pieces of collage extending past the borders of the painting and onto the wall. It's my first installation of this kind, and I'm very excited to share it.

Please stop by for the opening on June 6th, I'd love to see you! There will also be an artists' reception during the run of the show, and a closing event.

Inspired Geometries

Julia Hensley
Joseph Keppler
John Parkinson
Mike Sweeney

Recent Painting and Sculpture

June 6th through July 20th

June 6th during Fremont's First Friday Artwalk

Saturday, June 14th

Sunday, July 20th

619 N 35th St
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98103
Ph./Fax: (206) 545-6974
Hours: By appointment

Photo by Richard Nicol
This Storied Heart (non-installation view)
Acyrlic and Goauche Collage
on Watercolor Paper
52" w x 45" h