Julia Contacessi

"When you capture the light just right, so that it dances across a wash of color, you create layers of depth and beauty. Combine that with the intimacy of close-up imagery, and you've captured a moment in time. My style is single-mindedly focused on the subject. My goal is to drown out the noise and clutter to find a sense of calm through light. The end result is clean, fresh, and modern."

Contacessi's process is an exploration in deconstructing and then rebuilding form and composition. She is influenced by Mark Rothko and embraces the notion that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. She also seeks to find beauty in the contrasting nature of things, much like artist Patricia Larsen.

Contacessi starts her work with a set color palette. Working with one medium-size brush, she often applies paint directly from the tube and blends it on the canvas with large sweeping brushstrokes. Occasionally, she incorporates fabric and other media into her work to build up contrast and texture.

A second-generation artist, Contacessi 's love of art was nurtured from an early age. In 1996, she moved to Brooklyn to study art full-time at Pratt Institute. After four years of intensive study, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and graduated with honors. After graduation, she began working full-time as an art director while focusing on painting and photography in her personal work.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Airlines Admirals Clubs, New York, NY, JFK Airport, 2013
Graphic Design USA, USA, National, 2009 & 2011
Creativity Awards, USA, National, 2004, 2007 & 2009
Connecticut Art Director's Club, Connecticut USA, Connecticut , 2002, 2003 & 2007
ADDY Awards, CT, USA , CT, 2007
Tightly Bound: A mother/daughter exhibit, Radnor, PA, Cabrini College, 2003
Pratt Show (Annual Juried Show), New York, NY, Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom , 2000
Photographer's Forum Magazine , USA, National, 1999 & 2001
Yale Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC), Yale Special Collection, New Haven, CT, 1999-present