Julie Beugin

Julie Beugin is a Canadian artist currently living and working in Berlin. Beugin completed her BFA at Emily Carr University (2004) and her MFA at Concordia University (2008). Her MFA thesis exhibition was held at Optica centre d’art contemporain in Montréal. Beugin was shortlisted for the RBC painting competition in 2009 and is the recipient of grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

"In my paintings I combine landscapes with interiors, placing the viewer simultaneously inside and outside and describing reality as a shifting state. Uninhabited, my cinematic spaces suggest ambiguous narrative through mood and sense of place. Constructed from photographs from my daily experience alongside the idealized imagery of old postcards, retro interior décor books and National Geographic landscapes, my paintings mingle geographies and time periods. Outmoded wish symbols, the decor books and dusty postcards have faded palettes and analog print qualities, alluring for their distance from the present. In my paintings, fiction merges with and coats reality, suggesting the permeability of everyday experience.

"Visual ideas begin with passages in novels, and my indirect translations of text to painted image are embodied through representational painting that is on the verge of disintegration. Objects and furniture dissolve into liquid pools and transparent washes. This precarious balance of marks and shapes is evocative of the mutability of memory and the instability of visualization. My work is motivated by the friction between the real and the fictional; regret for the physical impossibility of fictional spaces accompanies the uncanny of the everyday."

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  • MFA, Painting & Drawing, Concordia University, Montreal
  • BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver
Solo & Two Persion Exhibitions
  • Julie Beugin, VivianeArt, Calgary
  • Detours, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Anna Leonowens Gallery (as a NSCAD Visiting Artist),
  • Making Space, Optica, Montreal
  • Strange and Fantastic (with Nam Duc Nguyen), Ideal Gallery, Calgary
  • New Paintings , New and Used Gallery, Vancouver
Group Exhibitions
  • Casting the Rain Shadow, HilbertRaum, Berlin
  • Launchpad, VivianeArt, Calgary
  • After the Fire, Horse and Pony Fine Arts, Berlin
  • A Night at the Park, Das Moosdorf, Berlin
  • Lieux Échafaudés, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal
  • Murmerer, Studio Baustelle, Berlin
  • RBC Painting Competition Exhibition, The Power Plant, Toronto
  • RBC Painting Competition Exhibition, Musee d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal
  • Pop Philosophy, Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver
  • The New, Parts 1 and 2, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa
  • Fantastic Four, The Butchershop Gallery, Vancouver.
  • The Home Show, Misanthropy Gallery, Vancouver.
  • Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant
  • BC Arts Council Senior Award
  • BC Arts Council Senior Award Power Corporation of Canada Graduate Fellowship (Concordia University)
  • J.A. DeSeve Entrance Award (Concordia University)
  • Mary Plumb-Blade Award (Painting Grad Award, Emily Carr Institute)
  • Maisie Ann Robertson Memorial Scholarship and University Women’s Club of Vancouver Scholarship (Emily Carr Institute)
  • Enright, Robert,“Suggesting Spaces, the Collaged Paintings of Julie Beugin“ Border Crossings, August 2017.
  • Volmers, Eric, “Abstract artist and Calgary expat Julie Beugin returns home from Berlin for first hometown exhibit“ The Calgary Herald, March 25th, 2017
  • Sandals, Leah, “Inserting Home onto the Range,” National Post, January 29, 2009.
  • Tousignant, Isa, “Montreal's New Painters; A Fresh Coat of Paint.” The Hour, June 12, 2008.
  • Connie Higginson-Murray, “Portraits of space inspire reflection,” Ottawa Citizen, Jan 18, 2007.
  • Ryan Witt, "Portrait of An Artist," Georgia Straight, June 9-16, 2005, p 64.
  • Allan Hindle, “Four Fantastic,” Only Magazine, Feb 10-16 2005, Vol.2, No 5. Issue #17, pg. 8
  • Michael Scott, “Emily Carr Grad Exhibition ‘a knockout.’ ” Vancouver Sun, May 22, 2004, D7.
  • Mary Frances Hill, “ ‘Decorative’ isn’t a bad word for these Home Show Artists,” Westender, May 20-6, 2004,16.
  • Magenta Foundation for the Arts, Carte Blanche 2: Painting 2007
  • Pop Philosophy, Rachelle Sawatsky, co-published by Projectile Publishing and Access Artist Run Centre, 2007