Julia Hacker

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”Goddess of Golden Egg” is a stunning, narrative painting filled with intricate passageways and patterns. The central goddess figure is a robust, female full of earthly majesty and heavenly divinity. The message her (Julia’s) works convey are powerful and bring us back to our sense of nature and community. But more, they are incredibly fresh and contemporary works.
— Jason Stopa, Executive Editor, NY Arts Magazine

Your artistic vocabulary in “Born Again...” reflected a dynamic textural sense and powerful visceral shapes. We were enthralled by “Wonderful World” which conveys your fine talent as well as a unique artistic vision of capturing the impalpable as you seize the essence of the emotional and physical experience and marvelous positive energy. Your stellar compositions reverberate with the wonderment of life!
— Ruthie Tucker


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about the artist

I was born in Minsk, capital of Belarus, and after high school went to study in the small town of Vitebsk. Being 17 years old and alone in a strange city forced me to take a closer look at a typical grey town of the Russian era. When I found out that Mark Chagal was born and worked there, I realized that the surroundings did not create the artist. An artist has to recreate the world around by seeing the beauty and uniqueness that may otherwise be hidden in the mediocrity around. I graduated from University with Masters in Fashion Design and worked at a Belorusian fashion centre for almost a decade. In 1990, I immigrated to Canada, where I still reside with my family and work full time as an artist.

I believe that I am very fortunate to have passion of creating and was blessed by a gift. Painting is a physical and emotional necessity for me. From a deep concern for the state of our planet to the beauty of the simple objects, there is no mundane subject matter. I strive to preserve the joyful and innocent view of the world that children have, their feeling of passion and splendor. Through the colors and textures of my work, I hope to engage the viewer and draw out a sense of wonder. My inspiration comes from within; I am still somewhat surprised by what moves my hand toward the canvas, what touches my soul and makes my heart skip a beat.

My paintings always start with emotion and progress in an intuitive rather than a methodical way. At times, I am so captured with the way paint behaves on the canvas, that I allow it to lead me to a magical world. I love to experiment with different media such as poured paint, collage of found objects, or acrylic skin. I can even get lost in the scents of oil painting. The technical necessity of paint drying forces me to work on two or three pieces at the same time. This gives me a chance to distance myself from each painting for a while and observe how it takes on a life of its own. Generally, this process takes about a month to finish, however I love to come back to an old work and continue a conversation, interact with the canvas like trying to catch up with an old friend.

Life is dynamic and so is my art. I am constantly experimenting with new techniques in order to gain experience and develop ways to improve my work.


exhibitions

  • October 2012 — Art Expo, Ottawa
  • April 2012 — Art Expo, Toronto
  • January 2012 — Broadway Gallery New York, NY
  • December 2011 — 24.12.December Show. Toronto
  • June 2011 — 2nd Annual art Show. Project : Art. Toronto
  • June 2010 — 1st Annual art Show . Project : Art. Toronto
  • June 2009 — Yellow Toronto
  • June 2005 — Riverdale art walk. Toronto
  • June 2002 — Landscape of Painting OCAD Gallery Toronto
  • Private collections and commissioned work
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Minsk, Belarus
  • Praha, Checkoslovakia
  • Viena, Austria
  • Toronto, Canada

education

  • Academy of Realistic Art 2011, Canada
  • Project:Art 2009-2010, Canada
  • AGO 2000-2009, Canada
  • Masters in Fashion Design 1985, Belarus
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