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Winston Wächter Fine Art is pleased to announce Equipoise, an exhibition of new work on paper by Julie Speidel. Time spent traveling through Japan in the 1980’s marked the beginning of Speidel’s love of the Japanese aesthetic and its origins in simple, subtle, unobtrusive forms. Today, continuing more than three decades of work with Japanese Paper, these current pieces in hand-rubbed oil celebrate Speidel’s appreciation for how the simplicity of two-dimensional art can convey the complex story of a centuries-old mystery.
With proud Irish heritage and dual citizenship, Speidel draws timeless artistic vision from Ireland’s ancient megalithic sites through the pure marvel of their architectural structure and seemingly impossible creation. The stone sites’ enduring presence come through in her work as shape, form and balance are central to this series, all while two distinct ancient cultures are intertwined.
Experimenting with combinations of vibrant, rich color have been a welcomed evolution in her work as her earlier years as a sculptor were largely concentrated in monochromatic tones. Working with master print maker John Overton, Speidel has found that “being exposed to the unbelievable ancient sites to be very humbling and a tremendous, constant source of inspiration and pride.”
Julie Speidel has been exhibited widely and her sculptures are included in many prestigious private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Tacoma Art Museum, three United States Embassies, the Oracle Collection, the Boeing Collection and the Nordstrom Collection.