Julie Trudel’s practice of abstract painting focuses on the material aspect of colour, trying to reveal it in a brand-new form. At the heart of her process is the following hypothesis: creating work within specific procedural constraints can potentially cause remarkable new visual effects. She engages with the properties of painting through simple work processes that take shape through the self-imposed limitations she establishes at the start of each new project. These vary from a specific material, to a restricted choice of palette, a technique for applying paint, or a predetermined type of composition. The pictorial space thus created oscillates from regularity to instability, from depth to surface, from visual to material. Her works give new currency to traditional issues of abstract painting seeking to renew its technical aspects – as much through its medium and its support as its hanging.
Julie Trudel is a painter and Assistant Professor at UQAM in Montreal, where she lives and work. She holds a BA, a BFA and an MFA from UQAM and has exhibited across Canada, Europe and the United States including recent group exhibition Entangled, two views on contemporary Canadian painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2017) and The painting project at Galerie de l'UQAM (2013). Trudel was a two-time finalist for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2011 and 2012) and the winner of the 2013 Joseph Plaskett Award. She is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montreal.