Contemporary abstract artist Julia Contacessi explains her process as an exploration in ‘isolation, deconstructing and then rebuilding form and composition. The artistic influence of Mark Rothko and his attention to color, balance, depth and scale along with the notion that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted, are principles that Julia embraces. Also finding beauty is in the contrasting nature of things, much like artist Patricia Larsen, is what Julia seeks through her work. Being a second generation artist, Julia’s love of art was nurtured from an early age. In 1996 Julia moved to Brooklyn to study art full-time at Pratt Institute. After 4 years of intensive study she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and graduated with honors. After graduation Julia began working full-time as a Art Director while her personal work focused on painting and photography. In the Fall of 2003 Julia jointly displayed her work along side her mother’s in the show “Tightly Bound: A mother/daughter exhibit.” Over the years, her eye for composition coupled with her love of painting, design and photography has earned Julia numerous awards in such publications as Photographer's Forum and Creativity along with inclusion into the Yale Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC) in New Haven, CT.
Artist’s Quote: ‘When you capture the light just right, so that it dances across a wash of color, another level of dimension is created. Combine that dimension with the intimacy of close-up imagery and I’ve captured a moment in time. My style is single-minded and focused on the subject in that moment. My goal is to drown out the noise and clutter to find a sense of calm through light. The end result is clean, fresh and modern.’
Lives and works in Norwalk, CT