Colour Specimens: Geometric Artist Julie Karabenick

For Karabenick, geometry and simple forms have been central to humans expressing profound beliefs: spirituality, the everyday world, the afterlife and personal, cultural and social identities. She was originally drawn to prehistoric rock carvings, such as the Celtic triple spiral, now creating acrylic paintings on canvas that use regular shapes, like squares, but through colour, size and composition have a visual tension and contrast, reflecting our everyday experiences: static/active, loud/quiet, etc. More recently she’s used diagonal lines to highlight the energy and tension and to add depth, several of which look 3D and architectural.

She has quite a graphic design influenced approach, constantly working between order and disorder. Some pieces remind me of my Colour Specimens work and De Stijl art.

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