Toronto-based artist Julia Dault (b. 1977; Toronto, Canada) creates abstract paintings and sculptures that reveal the processes of their own making. Dault often uses unusual materials such as vinyl, silk, and spandex as the support for her paintings. She first builds up multiple layers of paint, and then through a process of removal, exposes the underlying painting using industrial tools such as squeegees, combs, sponges, and foam blocks. Indicative of Post-Minimalism and Conceptual art, each painting is composed with these tools as a way to set self-imposed rules that govern the making of the work.
Acrylic and ink on canvas, cotton, wool, polyester, acrylic, rayon, nails
70 ½ × 42 ½ in. (179.1 x 108 cm)
Acrylic and oil on canvas
72 × 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
Acrylic and oil on canvas in painted wood frame
73 x 52 in. (185.4 x 132 cm)
Julia Dault’s paintings and sculptures have been featured in the New Museum’s triennial and the Marrakesh and Gwangju Biennales as well as in group exhibitions at the Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; the Pérez Art Museum, Miami; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Her solo exhibition at the Power Plant, Toronto, and the Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver was accompanied by her first monograph, published by Black Dog Press. Her art is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the MCA Chicago; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the the Pérez Art Museum Miami.