Artist Statement

At the heart of Julie Trudel’s pictorial practice is the following hypothesis: creating work within specific procedural constraints can potentially cause remarkable new visual effects. As an abstract painter, the artist engages with the properties of pictorial matter through simple work processes that take shape through the self-imposed limitations she establishes at the start of each new project. These vary from a restricted choice of palette, to a specific technique for applying paint, or a predetermined type of composition.

The titles of her series and individual works give clues to her experimentation process. Her series RGB (2009-2010), CMYK (2011-2012), Noir de fumée et blanc de titane (2013), Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane (2014-2015) all make references to colours, pigments or colour models examined by Trudel. As for the titles of her works, these generally reference the exact quantities of paint used or the optical effects generated by each composition, for example: Empiètements T-T13F13 (2013), Chevauchements T123F123 (2013), Bifurcation NBN (2014), Polarités NNB (2014) or Transparence et distorsion NNBN (2015). Despite the degree of control the artist may gain from these processes, an element of chance remains – in the liquid nature of her materials and the repetitive application process – and is an inherent part of her painting style.

In this way, Julie Trudel situates herself within the model of reflective and conceptual painting that focuses on the creation of the work itself and investigates the very image of painting. Her research goes beyond the question of painting as coloured matter; it applies to painting as a practice and a discipline. Her works give new currency to traditional pictorial issues of abstract painting through works that seek to renew the technical processes of painting – as much through its medium and its surface as its occupation of space.


Julie Trudel holds a Masters degree in Visual and Media arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2012). Over the past five years, her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in France, Germany, the United-States, and throughout Canada. Venues include ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin (2015); Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University, Halifax (2015); Galerie des Étables, in Bordeaux, France (2014); Galerie Colline at the Université de Moncton, Edmundston (2013); Centre Optica, Montréal (2012); and Hors-les-murs, in Marseilles, France (2012).

Trudel was also included in Projet Peinture, an important two-part survey of contemporary Canadian painting organized by Galerie de l’UQAM (2013). As well, her work was exhibited at the Power Plant, Toronto (2012, 2011), the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2011), and the Art Gallery of Hamilton (2011), as part of the annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

In addition to being awarded numerous research and creation grants and artist residencies across Canada and abroad, Trudel was a two-time finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2011, 2012), and winner of the Joseph Plaskett Award in painting (2013). Her work is included in several collections, including the Collection Prêt d’oeuvres d’art of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; the Ville de Montréal; RBC Bank and TD Bank. Julie Trudel is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montreal. She lives and works in Montreal.