Julia Bright
Boulder, Colorado

Julia Bright bases her still life paintings on 17th century French and Dutch art methods, which means that her process is very time-consuming and deliberate. She uses hand-ground oils, birchwood supports, and maroger medium, a thick gel that is mixed into the paint to keep it from running off the panel and to speed the drying process. Similar to the Old Masters she admires, Julia is preoccupied with light and how it affects the objects she paints. Her watermelons and pumpkins are all the more enticing for it, as the light dances across the forms, altering the color and providing depth. Julia emigrated to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when she was a teenager. Her passion for painting was undoubtedly developed as a child visiting the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, where the great works of Chardin and Ingres mesmerized her.

Artist and Customer Comments

Julia Bright 4/11/2016 | 4:38 PM

C Moody-Rogers - thank you for your nice comments. I always appreciate hearing from art lovers, collectors and other artists! (sorry, just saw your comment today)

Julia Bright 4/11/2016 | 4:34 PM

C Moody-Rogers - thank you for your nice comments. I always appreciate hearing from art lovers, collectors and other artists! (sorry, just saw your comment today)

C Moody-Rogers 2/26/2016 | 5:44 PM

I think in the future we are going to see that you are considered a master. I love the energy and color and the subject matter in all your things. I can't help it, I have a favorite and it's "The Nest"!

Julia Bright 2/25/2016 | 11:00 PM

I am so excited to be the newest member of the UGallery Artist Community! Please check out my paintings here: My medium of choice is oil, and I am primarily a still life painter, although I do occasionally stray into figure, landscape and animal painting as well. I am inspired by the Dutch Masters, and my paintings are based on 17th century methods and materials. In fact, the boards, paints and mediums I use have all been handcrafted in small batches by artisans around the country. I welcome your feedback and questions about my work - talk to me! Here is to painting, collecting, and living life to the fullest! Julia

Seedless and Proud

Oil painting on wood
Signed on front

18" h x 30" w x .5" d
6 lbs. 0 oz.


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Comments About This Piece

Summer always means watermelons to me, and seedless watermelons, with their rich colors and shiny skins are the height of a small summer indulgence that feels like decadence! I loved painting the juxtaposition of color with colorlessness, and light with dark. This painting is on a wood panel and will need a frame for display. 

Oil painting

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