Julie Niskanen Skolozynski spent her first seven years in Greenville, SC, and family moves eventually took her to Newark, DE and Chicago, IL. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iowa State University in 2005. In 2008, Julie received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of South Dakota, where she managed the fine art gallery and taught drawing classes. She currently lives in Angier, NC and is a member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Davidson Galleries in Seattle; Adam Cave Collection in Raleigh, NC; and Printmakers of North Carolina.
Along with being a working artist, Julie teaches a variety of classes at her Rooster’s Crow Art Studio in Angier, plus college art classes, and demonstrations and workshops at conferences, universities, and art centers. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC, which was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014, she was commissioned by Strathmore to create a print for the cover of their new printmaking paper. Her award-winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in many private and public collections.
Since 2009 she has participated in each biennial International Mezzotint Festival at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In 2013, she was invited to give master classes at the Festival and had Russian news interviews about mezzotint and her career. Other recent exhibitions includethe International Mezzotint Invitational Exhibition at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA; La Manière Noire – an international mezzotint exhibition at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, WA; a solo exhibition at the Cary Arts Center in Cary, NC; and the Winter Show at the Greenhill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC.
The natural forms that permeate our world too often become background patterns in our hectic lives. For the most part, people no longer feel the wonder of the complexities and intricacies seen in forms such as a single seedpod. All too often one walks by a scene or object without noticing it.What happens when we slow down to truly notice and examine what is around us? I am in constant awe of Creation around us every day. Examining these organic forms allows me to reflect on the human disregard for so many things, while also reflecting on and bringing forth these rhythms of creation that are often unnoticed in our lives.I focus on the beauty I find within these natural forms.I work to bring attention and give power to the subtle changes and cycles in nature, as meaning can be found in the smallest things. The forms I work with, such as seeds, pods, and roots can be interpreted as seeds of faith, our journey in life, or seeds to a new beginning and renewal of life.
Through the drawing and printmaking techniques that I employ, I am able to achieve a wide range of tones and textures to complement the images and ideas. The velvety, endless black background in my charcoal drawings and mezzotints create a perfect drama for detailed renderings of natural havens such as Sanctuary and Refuge, the hopeful scattering of seed in Dispersion, the precious, intimate moments in the Solitude series, and the fragility of forms such as the Chinese lantern. The precious and sacred forms in my work are a way for me to explore our connection to the divine.