Julie Lynn George
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Julie George earned a BFA in Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI in 2015. She has shown in galleries in several cities nationally including Artseen Gallery, Miami, FL, What It Is Gallery, Chicago, IL, and Re:View Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, MI. She is the recipient of the Walter B Ford II Award of Excellence and the Ibex Art Award. George is a past participant of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation summer residency in Colorado Springs, CO and recently completed a Studio Residency in New York, where she participated in open studios for the 2014 Dumbo Arts Festival. Julie George currently lives and works in Detroit, MI.
George’s work focuses on the idea of paradise as a construct that is both deeply personal and universally understood. Through collage and painting, her work shows scenes of altered idealistic locations that evoke a sense of absence. George combines her experience of living in Southern Florida with source material from strangers’ family vacations to create scenes of an impossible paradise. Throughout her body of work, George uses symbols such as the wind-swept palm tree, the deserted swimming pool, or inexpensive lawn furniture to create images that feel both familiar and alien.