Biography

Julie Himel carries a Diploma of Fine Art from Langara College in Vancouver, a Bachelor of Fine Art Honours Degree from York University, and a Graduate Diploma from the Toronto School of Art. Her award winning paintings can be found in private collections internationally, public collections including The University of Calgary, Calgary’s Civic Art Collection, Westfield State University, the Armenian Centre Art Collection Canada, and several corporate collections nationwide. She participated in an Artslam competition in 2016 with an impressive list of artists including John Hartman, and was given the champion title. Julie works from her home studio in Toronto.

Born: Toronto, Ontario, 1973
Citizenship: Canadian


Artist Statement

Julie Himel is a Toronto painter who dwells in the personal. Her beautiful paintings are painterly and have a seductive quality of light and colour. Julie’s young daughter says of her technique, “you use a big brush and too much paint…”. This may be the case in her daughter’s eyes, yet it is the surface of rich paint that invites the viewer to reflect upon the light, the reflection and the quietness that the imagery evokes. The lushness of application of paint can be seen in her artistic influences from Lucian Freud and Tom Thomson, while her domestic imagery can be traced to Mary Pratt. Yet, Himel has said that in addition to these visual influences her “listening to Jeff Buckley sing ‘Hallelujah’ reminds (her) to make every brush stroke honest.” Perhaps the most interesting aspect of her work is the theme of presence vs. absence. In this absence there is an anticipation or expectation of arrival of the characters of the narrative. The fragility of light and selection of the delicate subjects adds to the ephemeral nature of the pieces. There is a psychological tension of expectation to this contemplation. Is there something about to happen? Or is this the after affect? (Excerpt taken from Marjolyn van der Hart’s writing for the ‘TOAE Feature Artist 2014’.)


Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions

solo exhibitions:

2017 Within Definition, Blue Crow Gallery
2017 Selected Paintings, Guest Artist, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2014 Shedding Light, Marlow Gallery, Barrie, Canada
2012 Featuring Julie Himel, Tay Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

two-person exhibitions:

2017 — 2018 Portals, with Jo Lomas, Quest Art Gallery, Midland, Ontario, Canada
2016 A Fleeting Presence, with Brian Harvey, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2014 Seeing Light, with Sandy Middleton, Red Brick Cafe, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

group exhibitions:

2017 Perspectives - Fall Landscape Show, Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2017 Well One, The Well Collective's Inaugural Exhibiton, Arta Gallery
2017 New and Review, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2017 New and Noteworthy, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2017 Unicorn Dreams, w/ Daniel Audet, Bill Bewick, Martinho Correia, Elana Evanoff, Amy Gaulin, Mark Holliday, Brian Imeson, Karen Klassen, Dale Kirschenman, Barry Lorne, Darcy, Lundgren, James Lutzko, Aaron Sidorenko , Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2017 Daydreamers, Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2017 Square Foot, Julia Veenstra Studios, Hamilton
2016 Square Foot Show, Julia Veenstra Studios, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2016 Introduction, Shane Norrie Contemporary, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
2016 — 2017 Holiday Art Show - Festival of Smalls, Andrew Stelmack, Emily Millar, Mark Uhre, Morgan Jones, Dan Nuttall, Lori Mirabelli, Lori Klassen, East Liberty Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2016 — 2017 Holiday Art Show - Festival of Smalls, Andrew Stelmack, Emily Millar, Mark Uhre, Morgan Jones, Dan Nuttall, Lori Mirabelli, Lori Klassen, Liberty Markets Loft Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2016 A Retrospective of New Work, Chris Flodberg, Maya Gohill, Mark Holliday, Karen Klassen, Aaron Sidorenko, Carl White, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta, Canada
2015 Square Foot Show, Julia Veenstra Studios, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2015 Interior Design Show, with MJG Gallery, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2015 Love Art Fair, with MJG Gallery, Better Living Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2015 Distant Roadside, with Mark Jeremy Gleberzon, Ian Busher, Richard Ahnert, MJG Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2015 Into the Woods, Juried, Quest Art Gallery, Midland, Ontario, Canada
2014 Gluckstein Princess Margaret Dream Home, Oakville dream home, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
2014 Square Foot Show, Julia Veenstra Studios, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Collections

public:

The University of Calgary, Scurfield Hall, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Westfield Lake College Foundation, Westfield, Massachusetts, US
Elliot Lake Centre, Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada
Armenian Community Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Calgary Civic Art Collection, North Mount Pleasant Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

corporate:

Blizzard Communications, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Succession Capital Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gracious Living Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
WSI Signs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Grand River Toys, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Applied Printing, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Education

completed:

2006 — 2007 Graduate Diploma - Studio Art, Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1999 — 2000 Diploma of Interactive Media, Graphic and web design and programming, Applied Multimedia, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1997 — 1998 Visiting Student - Faculty of Fine Arts, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1996 — 1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree, Drawing, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1994 — 1996 Diploma of Fine Arts, Painting, Langara College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada