Jonathan Julien


Education

MFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, 2013

BFA, Studio Arts, Brigham Young University, 2011


Jonathan Julien is a full time artist and part-time instructor in painting and drawing as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and Weber State University.


Skiing has always been a unique way through which we experience the landscape. Our sense of space is awakened -- especially on a chairlift or moving through the trees. Our perceptions can be blurred, heightened and or altered. The figures that occupy my mountain spaces seem to know that too. They look deep into the vast, white distance or loom among the sublime slopes. In many of the compositions I have taken liberties with color. The viewer is seeing the scenery through the bright lensed goggles that skiers use. The result is a world where we create a new mountain landscape.


As an artist my work is often tied to the landscape. My experiences surfing and snowboarding has been informative on the forms and subjects I have chosen to depict. Additionally, I'm heavily influenced by art history, especially French modern painters whose work inspires my palettes.



Exhibitions

2015

Polarities (solo) – Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT

Sun Screening Vol. 2 – Curated by Claudia Bitran, Videology, Brooklyn, NY

2014

Mas Attack – Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Gravity – Projekt 722, Brooklyn, NY

Collision – Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Ties – CUAC Contemporary, Salt Lake City, UT

2013

Well – Gallery Projekt 722, Brooklyn, NY

Graduate Select Exhibition – Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition – Convention Center, Providence, RI

2012

Too Big to Fail – Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

Two Become One – Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Whiz Khids – 204 Westminster St. Providence, RI

From This Point Forward – Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI

2011

Rescape (solo) – BF Larsen Gallery, Provo, UT

Global Echo – Williamson Art Gallery Birkenhead, Wirral Metropolitan College, England

Global Echo – Spectrum Project Space at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Global Echo – Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, England

2010

City Center Motel (solo) – 150 W. 300 S. Provo, UT

Nature and Nurture, Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo, UT

Three in the Morning, Gallery 303, Provo, UT

2009

322 Jars on the Wall – Gallery 303, Provo, UT

Mapping the West – Gallery 303, Provo, UT

Liverpool Artists’ Book Fair, liverpool, England

Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, England

University of Central Lancashire, PR1 Gallery Preston, England



Awards

Best in Show, Utah Ties – CUAC Contemprary, 2015

Juries award, Statewide Annual – Rio Gallery, 2015

Artist in Residence, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014-2015

Painting Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, 2011

Orca Grant Winner for video proposal in Ecuador, 2011