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.

Born: Toronto, Ontario, 1973
Citizenship: Canadian


Artist Statement

Himel's work is about human experience. And in that theme, she looks closer, to the elements of that experience, to worlds lived and imagined, the spiritual and the emotional, memory and promise. Her study of space is rooted in the understanding of landscape as both an encounter and an image. It’s in the balancing act of grounding and departure—always looking for the light through the tangle of life. It’s in decay, not as destruction, but as catalyst: a signpost for renewal, growth and reclamation. And it’s in honesty, about creating a portrait of landscape as it is: something apprehended and unknowable. Paint is the medium she uses to formalize the possibility of a place—a place alive, mutable and shared, a character in our collective unconscious.




Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions

solo exhibitions:

2018 Documented Shifts, Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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:

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:

2018 — 2019 Small Pictures Show, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2018 Summer Landscape Group Show, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2018 Impressions, Midsummer Group Show, Maison Depoivre, Picton, Ontario, Canada
2018 Rewind. Replay., Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
2018 Northern Tendencies, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2018 Winter Group Exhibition, Gallery on Queen, Fredricton, New Brunswick, Canada
2018 The Painting Exhibition, Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary
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
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
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
2016 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
2015 Square Foot Show, Julia Veenstra Studios, Hamilton, 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