D Contemporary is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Lara Julian in London. Working with a vivid and layered palette, Julian’s large-scale abstract paintings explore the materiality of colour. The show displays a series of paintings that mark the transfer in Julian’s studio practice, as she’s moving away from her previous investigation of spiral movement towards a more linear structure.
Born and raised in Siberia, Julian previously had a successful career in the banking industry before dedicating herself to painting full time in 2009. Her work has developed through an examination of pigment and visualisation of colour as matter. Through a delicate balance of abstract and figurative elements ordered on the canvas, Julian creates a sense of both fragility and strength in her works.
Julian’s works begin with the idea of energy, of everything vibrating in harmony; from the sounds to the colour of objects, everything has a frequency. She places the brushstrokes with intention, laying them in order, developing a colour from the image and building a harmony, balance and rhythm into her works- an organised symphony of elements.