Abstract Joy: The Amazing Natural Beauty That Surrounds Us, work by Julea Boswell, is displayed at The Guild, Charlottetown, May 15 to 26.
Abstract Joy features lively abstract art which Julea describes as “providing a nice hit of colour to warm us up for summer.” Her imaginative pieces take shape with a blend of recalled imagery, thoughts and emotion. “Although the work is abstract it is pretty straightforward,” says Julea. “I simply try to capture moments of spontaneous joy and express this in my art. What stays with me from these moments becomes my inner springboard for creation. Like many artists, the amazing natural beauty that surrounds me, especially on PEI, is a primary source of inspiration.”
Growing up in Charlottetown, Julea Boswell was immersed in the arts from a young age—activities that set the stage for her varied creative interests and future path. She attributes the sense of movement and lightness in her visual art to her background as a dance artist. A series of small pieces in the exhibit is a nod to “improv” technique as used in dance and theatre. Her skills as a modern quilt designer-maker are also evident in the show, which includes a work that will be going to Quilt Canada’s National Juried Show in June. This summer, Julea’s work will be featured at The Dunes Gallery in Brackley.
Using a mix of different materials and forms allows Julea to present a contrast in textures and variations in colour intensity. Whether a crisp and bright acrylic collage on paper, or a painted and stitched piece on raw canvas, the common thread in Julea’s work is a feeling of joy.
The show opens with a reception on May 15 from 7 to 9 pm. Come and meet the artist.
juleaboswell.com, instagram @julea.b.