Julia Randall is in love with drawing, and uses her seductive technique to craft images that subtly challenge assumptions about corporeality, desire, and the natural world. Intersecting sensibilities activate her work; images are simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive. Although she operates in the realm of fantasy, Randall uses observation-based drawing and hyperrealistic technique to create images that are surreal, visceral and and suggestive. Her quasi-scientific approach to drawing aims to describe what is often fleeting or temporal, what we cannot see or hold.
Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Garvey Simon Art Access and Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City, at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca NY, and in Sydney, Australia at Esa Jaske Gallery. Her drawings have been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art in Greensboro, NC, The National Academy in New York, KS Art in New York, BravinLee Programs in New York, Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, Paul Loya Gallery, Los Angeles, and at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.
Julia Randall is the recipient of many fellowships and residency awards, including a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, a residency award from Yaddo, and multiple residency awards from the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, NY ARTS, Art on Paper, Flash Art, Art New England, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Additionally, her drawings have been featured in New American Paintings, American Artist, Beautiful/Decay and Hi-Fructose magazines. Randall’s work is prominently illustrated in the drawing textbook, Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation.
She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999. She received her M.F.A. from Rutgers University, and her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives and works in New York City and in Connecticut, and is represented by Garvey/Simon Art Access in New York City.
Julia Randall is also an Associate Professor of Art at Wesleyan University, where she is passionate about teaching drawing in all forms and guises. Additionally, she taught at Washington University in St. Louis, and in their study-abroad program in Florence, Italy.