Julie Curtiss

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Julie Curtiss paints domestic scenes and close-cropped portraits that create an eerie, surreal reality. Concentrating primarily on depictions of stereotypical female and sexualized forms—waves of shining hair, pointy-heeled boots, painted talons, pointed nipples—Curtiss mocks and wholly upends the comfort of domestic bliss with complementary humor and darkness. In iridescent jewel tones, the artist channels the playful and radical cartoonic figures of the Chicago Imagists, the graphic precision of Japanese “Ukiyo-e” painting, and the psychoanalytic symbolism of Surrealism. She quotes well-known paintings from western art history in some of her paintings, making the familiar uneasy. Her technique mixes different mediums such as acrylic, vinyl, and oil on canvas to form her graphic, illustrative style.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

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Julie Curtiss paints domestic scenes and close-cropped portraits that create an eerie, surreal reality. Concentrating primarily on depictions of stereotypical female and sexualized forms—waves of shining hair, pointy-heeled boots, painted talons, pointed nipples—Curtiss mocks and wholly upends the comfort of domestic bliss with complementary humor and darkness. In iridescent jewel tones, the artist channels the playful and radical cartoonic figures of the Chicago Imagists, the graphic precision of Japanese “Ukiyo-e” painting, and the psychoanalytic symbolism of Surrealism. She quotes well-known paintings from western art history in some of her paintings, making the familiar uneasy. Her technique mixes different mediums such as acrylic, vinyl, and oil on canvas to form her graphic, illustrative style.