Julia Gardner’s UrbanScapes series consists of hand-colored prints on wood panel that feature familiar Portland cityscapes and urban street signs. Each hand-colored print begins as a multi-layered collage set in resin that becomes 3-dimensional in feel as each layer creates a larger depth of field.
Every original composition mixed media includes photography, inks, pencil, oil pastel, acrylic paint, metallic papers, etc. Each piece retains its multi-dimensionality through careful placement upon each resin layer. Julia’s fascination with these familiar scenes is echoed with this technique to retain movement and vitality within each work; urban signs and buildings add vitality not only to a city, but to the peoples’ lives who inhabit it. Her choice of resin as an enduring medium echoes the ability these monuments have to withstand the tides of time and change within contemporary life.
To quote Garner, “I am interested in both the history the buildings and signs tell and the industry in which they currently live.”
Julia Gardner was born in Hamburg, German, and spent her childhood in Portland. While away for 12 years, she studied art and the history of art, and worked in related fields in the U.S., France, Germany, and Italy. Julia currently focuses on the creation of her own artwork and jewelry out of Studio One at Troy Studios, her inner SE Portland art studio: 221 E 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97214.