Julie Devine is a contemporary American painter. She was born and raised in California and moved to Washington state in 1991. Her work explores the wild visual beauty of Western North America and abstracts its forms.
Julie paints from the landscape, combining gestural brushwork and knifework into a distinctive semi-abstract style. Her art communicates a spirited appreciation for the outdoors and for the tradition of painting, in particular the impressionist, post-impressionist, modernist, and abstract expressionist styles.
Her paintings live in international private collections and have been exhibited in the Pacific Northwest, New York, New Mexico, and Italy. Seattle’s Group Health Hospital has acquired several pieces of her work for their permanent collection. Her original work is available through Julie Devine Studio, Gallery Mack, Gray Sky Gallery, and Saatchi Art.
"My work is about spiritual experience in landscape. I pay close attention to the quality of light; it's value, source, and temperature. I paint pieces of light and try to convey a sense of air and movement. Shapes and composition are also very important to me.
Painting outdoors is inspirational, and has influenced the way I work. I have learned to favor palette knives for their speed and immediacy. Outside, among the changing conditions, I paint more quickly, confidently, and with thicker paint. The colors come more intuitively and I make more of a mess. This experience I bring indoors when working in the studio.
Artists I am most inspired by include: Eugene Boudin (for his handling of air and light), Louisa McElwain (for painting canyon landscapes so boldly in plein air), Deborah Remington (for her pursuit of an interior landscape), Edgar Payne (for sharpening my understanding of composition), Richard Deibenkorn (for his visible color blending and simplification of forms), Paul Cezanne (for his constructive use of color), Manet (for creating flat moments for the eye to rest), and Joan Mitchell (for showing me the wilderness of painting)."
Resume / CV
2009-2011 Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; Gage Academy of Art
1993 M. A. English Literature, University of Washington
1991 B. A. English Literature, University of California at Riverside
Green Majesty and Blue Moving, Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA
Exploring That: Julie Devine, Suzanne Brooker, and Jean Myers, Gallery Mack, Seattle, WA.
Representing the West: A New Frontier, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo, CO, juried by Tony Ortega, MFA, Visual Artist and Professor at Regis University.
The Beholden Eye: Concepts of Beauty, Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA
Stormy Weather, Curve Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, juried by Dean Dalfonzo, Brooklyn-based artist and instructor at Pratt Institute, Parsons School for Design, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and Franklin University, Switzerland.
Creativity Persists, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Seattle, WA
Spring Show, Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA
Fall Show, Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA
Gage Academy of Art Collector's Gala Art Auction & Benefit, Fremont Studios, Seattle, WA
Finding Gold: Works by Julie Devine (solo show), Burien Arts Association, Burien City Hall, Burien, WA
Golden Ticket Winner Selection, Live Auction, Gage Academy of Art Collector’s Gala Art Auction & Benefit, St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, WA
Anniversary Show, Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA
Art of Healing Annual Art Auction, South Central Regional Medical Center, Laurel, MS
Heart of the Horse Auction, Redmond, WA
CoCA 24-Hour Art Marathon and Live Auction (invitational), Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Make America Create Again, Center on Contemporary Art (COCA), Seattle, WA
Landscape Impressions (solo show), Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA
CoCA 24-Hour Art Marathon and Live Auction, (invitational), Seattle, WA
Deciduous Sky, Paintings by Julie Devine, Burien Arts Gallery, Burien, WA
ArtExpo 2015, Galleria Art Studio, Venice, Italy
Art Port Townsend - Expressions Northwest 17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Northwind Arts Alliance and Port Townsend Arts Commission, juried by Kathleen Moles, independent art curator, writer, and editor.
Featured Artist, West Elm, Seattle, WA
Spring Show, Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA
Gage Academy of Art Collector’s Gala Art Auction & Benefit, St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, WA
Johnston Architects, Seattle, WA
Affinità e Contrasti, Galleria Art Studio, Venice, Italy
All Woman, Kate Alkarni Gallery, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA
Degrees of Abstraction: Paintings by Carol Basch, Julie Devine, and Jodi Hays, Cannon Gallery of Art, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Art Port Townsend – Expressions Northwest 16th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Northwind Arts Alliance and Port Townsend Arts Commission, juried by Greg Robinson, Executive Director and Curator of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Artist Trust Benefit Auction, Fisher Pavillion, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
StartT 2° edizione, Galleria Art Studio, Venice, Italy
Waltzing Hues, SPACEWOMb Gallery, New York, NY
Group Exhibition, Rossocinabro, Rome, Italy
Colori dell'anima, Galleria 360, Florence, Italy
Surpassing Edges , SPACEWOMb Gallery, New York, NY
Southampton Cultural Center Juried Art Exhibition, Southampton Cultural Center, Levitas Center for the Arts,
Southampton, NY, juried by Helen Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
CoCA Collision: Past, Present, & Future Members Show, CoCA Georgetown Gallery, Seattle Design Center, Seattle,
WA, curated by Shawn Ferris, Joseph Roberts, and Chris Crites
Art Port Townsend – Expressions Northwest 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Northwind Arts Alliance and Port
Townsend Arts Commission, juried by David Lynx, Director of Larson Gallery, Yakima Valley Community College Edge, Gage & More, Simon Mace Gallery, Port Townsend, WA
Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY, juried by artists Lynn Dunbar and Bill Fletcher
Art Port Townsend – Expressions Northwest 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Northwind Arts Alliance and Port
Townsend Arts Commission, juried by Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of
Contemporary Art at the Tacoma Art Museum
Tenth Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition, Peninsula Art League, Gig Harbor, WA, juried by Rock Hushka, Director of
Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary Art at Tacoma Art Museum
After Dark, A National Juried Exhibition, Greg Moon Art Gallery, Taos, NM, juried by Jina Brenneman, Curator of
Exhibitions and Collections at the Harwood Art Museum of Taos, and Guy Cross, Publisher and Creative Director for THE magazine
The Sequim Arts 36th Annual Juried Show, Museum and Arts Center, Sequim, WA, juried by artists Marilyn Bergstrom and Kari Bergstrom MacKenzie
Fifth Annual CVG Show, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA, juried by Kathleen Moles, Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Northwest Art
4th Annual Plein Air Salon, July/August, PleinAir Magazine
Horizons, Rosen Gallery, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA
Best of Gage, Steel Gallery, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA
Award of Merit for Prospect, Stormy Weather, Curve Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, juried by Dean Dalfonzo, Brooklyn-based artist and instructor at Pratt Institute, Parsons School for Design, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and Franklin University, Switzerland. ““Prospect” by Julie Devine, reminded me of Winslow Homer’s Seascape’s and the powerful forces of nature.” – Dean Dalfonzo
Juror’s Choice Award (Grand Prize), Art Port Townsend – Expressions Northwest 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, juried by Patricia Watkinson, art and museum consultant, former interim director of the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, and former executive director of Pilchuck Glass School.
Merit Award, Art Port Townsend - Expressions Northwest 17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, juried by Kathleen Moles, independent art curator, writer, and editor.
First Place, Landscape Category; Best of Gage, juried by Gable Griffith, Gallery and Exhibitions Curator at Cornish
College of the Arts
Second Place, Figure Category; Best of Gage, juried by Derrick R. Cartwright, Director of the Seattle Art Museum
Group Health Hospital, now Kaiser Permanente,, Seattle, WA
International private collections
The Art Edit, House and Garden magazine (March, April, and May issues) Condé Nast Publications, Vogue House, Hanover Square, London, UK
Inspired by Cezanne: New Impressionist Paintings, Saatchi Art Collection, curated by Victoria Kennedy, Assistant Curator at Saatchi Art, Los Angeles, CA
“17 Artists for 2017,” Magnify Seattle, an annual art magazine, Volume 1, curated and produced by Meggan Joy
A Few Good Starts, Painting: Powers of Observation, a blog by Catherine Kehoe
Spotlight on Seattle, Saatchi Art Collection, curated by Becky Benshoof, Sales Advisor at Saatchi Art, Munich.
Creatives You Should Know, The Creative Network Blog, StudioVox, Los Angeles, CA, 4.15.2015
Windy Violet, Richeson 75 Landscape, Seascape, & Architecture 2014 exhibition book
Bloom I and Canopy II, Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait 2011 exhibition book
Fall Abstract, Richeson75 Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2013 exhibition book
Featured Artist, Zealous, London, United Kingdom, http://www.zealous.co, 7.10.2013
Vertical Nude, Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait 2011 exhibition