Julia Paul works in both painting and photography exploring perception and impermanence through a lens of revealing and concealing. Her paintings are influenced by images and stories about vulnerability with subjects that are often filled with conflict and frailty. Her award-winning photography has been reviewed in The Washington Post and centers on the Virginia landscape and questions the role of photography as documentation. She has an MFA in painting from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has shown her work nationally in gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Masur Art Museum, Munroe, LA; Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC; Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA; Blue Line Arts, curated by Emma Saperstein, Sacramento, CA; and the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence. She worked at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, contributing to the coordination and execution of large artist and survey exhibitions. She also owned a business designing and producing wheel-thrown pottery that was sold in the US and internationally and featured in Vogue France and The Washington Post. Julia Paul currently lives and works in Virginia.
Walking past a window our eyes typically fall on the view outside. Julia Paul’s images suggest that there are hidden images to be found if we break from habitual looking.
— Carolyn Benedict Fraser, 2022 Art Through the Lens, exhibition catalogue
Paul’s “Seed Pod”... is radiantly light.
— Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, 2023