As part of our Artist Spotlight series, we introduce you this month to Julie Gross. Julie Gross was born in Montreal and is a New York City based artist who has been painting in studios in Soho and Chelsea for many years. She graduated from Pratt (BFA) & then Hunter (MA) and has taught at various colleges including Parsons School of Design, Pratt & RISD.
Getting to Know You…
Of all the places you have traveled, which resonates most with you?
What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing Africa today?
It often feels like one person can’t make a difference supporting the many environmental causes there are today. What small steps can people make to help conservation/preservation efforts in Africa or globally?
What themes or personal experiences are most commonly evoked in your art?
What are you currently working on?
How do you continue to stay inspired?
I’m inspired by a lot…from the eclipse this past fall at our house upstate (took the below shot)… to reading about physics/the secret life of octopii/neuroscience & sacred geometry/and seeing lots of other art like this past summer I saw Frida Kahlo/China Through the Looking Glass/The New Whitney.
What websites and blogs to you frequently visit?
What was the last book you read?
Last book: “The Conscience of the Eye” by Richard Sennett
Reading now: “My Struggle” by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Next book to read: “The Soul of An Octopus”by Sy Montgomery
What music do you listen to?
Jazz: Monk/Horace Silver/Miles Davis
Rai/Brazillian/Tibetan Chanting/Balinese Gamelon