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Exploring the Metaphysical: The Art of Julie Gladstone

An abstract painting with bright colours arranged in abstract shapesMondrian Electric Storm, oil on panel

Julie Gladstone is an artist based in Toronto. In her current practice, Julie works in painting, sculpture, and installation, creating works that utilize an abstracted aesthetic along with a bright, cool colour palette, exploring the metaphysical through observation.

A painting of a rainbow auraFull Body Rainbow Shield, oil on panel

I really enjoy Julie’s paintings -- the artist’s portfolio is packed with series of works each focusing on a certain subject, be it directly figurative, or conceptual. Julie’s series Aura Portraits serves as a nice example of the artist’s approach to more esoteric topics, with the artist painting in oil to produce pieces that neatly subvert the norms of both portraiture and abstraction. 

The front page of Julie Gladstone's art portfolio


In her sculptures, Julie sometimes tends toward a more directly representational approach. In Anthropocene Vessels, for example, she draws on the detritus of modern human society as subject matter, elevating empty containers and bits of trash to sculptural objects rendered in a wide-ranging palette of pastel hues. The artist’s approach here lends to the sense that one is seeing these objects for the first time, through new eyes.

A painted sculpture of a crumpled water bottleVessel, wire, plaster, and acrylic paint

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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