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Julie Shunick Brown (Studio 2C5B)

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Julie Shunick Brown

Julie Shunick Brown


“I don’t paint to live, I live to paint.” Willem de Kooning

Julie Shunick Brown is a contemporary abstract expressionist painter exploring color and spatial relationships. Primarily acrylic, she employs a variety of media. Her paintings suggest places, memories, and emotion – reality not observed visually. They convey a sense of timelessness. Textural variety and fluid brushwork create movement. Absorbing the environment by slowing to observe people, events, and places enables her to represent life. She searches for calm in the midst of chaos, fueled by fascination with color. Experimenting with materials and methods, her work changes: evolving – evoking life. Change envelops. Past and future intermingle with present. Life challenges and inspires. Memory refines and perfects. This is reflected in her intuitive, multi-layered paintings – meant to be ambiguous and interpreted by the viewer.

The legendary Helen Frankenthaler has particularly inspired her: “You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it ?A picture that is beautiful, or that comes off, or that works, looks as if it was all made at one stroke.”

A native of Nevada, she painted as a child. Growing up in Arizona and Northern Virginia, she studied at The Corcoran School of Art. She graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a B.F.A. in Interior Design in 1975, and continued studying painting and drawing sporadically, most recently at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 2012, she left a long career with Procter and Gamble to focus full time on painting. Her studio is at DallasCreativeSpace in the historic Continental Gin Building in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada. See them at her studio by appointment or at Frisco Fine Art, Frisco, Texas, or McCall Fine Art, Santa Fe.

“…it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” Dr Seuss

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Corcoran School of Art 1960-66
Arizona State University, B.F.A., 1975
Solo Exhibition Arizona State University 1974
Martin Gallery 1979-80
Brookhaven College 1978-80
Richland College 1989, 1995-6
Southern Methodist University 2010
Dallas Public Library Juried Show First Place 2016
Duo Exhibition Genius Den June 2017
Solo Exhibition Dallas Public Library January 2017
TVAA Juried Membership Show Medical City Dallas award winner June 2017
McGannon Showroom Art Show September 2017
Frisco Fine Art 2017
Springhill Suites Group Show December 2017
Dallas Style and Design January 2018
McCall Fine Art, Santa Fe 2018
“Signs of the Unseen” Juried Show TVAA Gallery, Plaza of the Americas May 2018
TVAA Juried Membership Show Medical City Dallas June 2018
Whitney George Collection, Crespi Estate May 2018 – May 2019