About Julie Lazarus
Julie Lazarus' most recent body of work includes oils on canvas and hand-blown
glass vessels created during her recent visit to Venice. Julie Lazarus returned
to Venice in July, marking her fourth year to work alongside master glassblowers
on Murano, the small Venetian island recognized for its hand-blown glass. The glass
studio is renowned for hand-blown creations that interpret the painter's vision, in
this case Ms. Lazarus' vibrant paintings inspired by the light and the color of the
landscape she experienced on this most recent trip.
Although abstract, Lazarus' paintings are based on her observations while in Venice,
her work is an abstract melding of the color and texture, the elegance and the
rutty edginess of this glorious European city. As colors dance upon the canvas, one
visualizes changes in the light, while the overlapping shapes suggest the landscape or
architecture. Mixed-media works by Ms. Lazarus often combine painting with intaglio or
wood block printing on delicate rice paper. These works created on paper are often
mounted on canvas or mahogany panels, adding a unique physical characteristic to her work.
When speaking about her most recent paintings and their inspiration, Lazarus says,
"Venice is a city greatly dependent on water transportation. These paintings are about
what I saw traveling by waterbus and about walking through the streets of Venice. They
are about getting up early in the morning to travel from St. Marks Plaza to the island
of Murano, so early that I was the only one in the plaza with the pigeons."
A native of New York, Lazarus received her B.A. from Hofstra University and a Masters
Degree in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Tulsa. Lazarus' works are
included in the collections of the Belo Corporation, Onmicom, Standard Federal Bank,
Continental Airlines and numerous other public and private collections. Her work has
been included in exhibitions at the Biennale Internazionale Del' Arte Contemporanea in
FLorence, Italy, the Contemporary Art Center in Fort Worth and the McKinney Avenue
Contemporary in Dallas.