Julie Breton artist statement & bio, Nelson BC

“Art lets me see the unseen. It grounds me while setting me free. 

I chose to work with abstracts for it allows me spontaneity and freedom. I am not concerned with form but with colour and composition. My artwork is very dynamic, both in it’s execution and result. You can often perceive the motion in each stroke.

Art lets me see the unseen. It grounds me while setting me free.

Fascinated by history, culture and literature my work explores our connection to the past, the natural world and cultural evolution. In search of spontaneity and freedom I bring these subjects to life through a series of vibrant and dynamic abstract paint layers, mark making and drawings. The result resembling a sort of visual poetry conveying emotion and energy ratter that an accurate depiction of the subject matter.

Occupation Visual Artist and Graphic Designer.

Location Nelson, BC, Canada (a.k.a. The Canadian Wilderness)

Origins French Canadian from the small farm town of Plessisville, Québec.

Inspiration History, culture, landscape & literature.

Why paint? To channel daily life energy and fulfill an instinctual need to create, to alter, to leave a mark.

Current obsession Wes Anderson’s movies, abandonned glasshouses, exploring new materials & transparency.

Favourite paint colour Crimson or anything red. It adds a fantastic vibrancy.

Most used paint colour Prussian blue, Naples yellow light.

Favourite artists Matisse, Kline, De Kooning, Mitchell, Soulages, Schiele, Baselitz & Twombly

Guilty pleasure Finding insane alternate titles for my artwork.

I would like to... Have the patience to read literary classics.

On my night stand In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art.

Favourite city Old Québec city and Paris, bien sûr!

Wild aspiration Seeing my art used in a Dries Van Noten or Chanel Fashion show.

Dreaming of Owning a vintage cottage as a winter painting retreat, traveling to Paris & England.