Julie Speidel

“The inspiration for my work is rooted in the power of travel,” Speidel remarks, and indeed, her sculptures assimilate cultural influences in a manner reminiscent of travelogue—organic and intuitive, not academic or preordained.

Biography

Julie Speidel’s sculptures engage an extraordinary array of cultural influences, reaching back through antiquity to the stone- and bronze-age peoples of Europe, the early Buddhists of China, the indigenous tribes of her native Pacific Northwest, and on into twentieth-century modernism. Depending on our own spheres of knowledge, we may find in her work echoes of the British Isles’ megalithic stone structures, Cycladic Greek fertility figures, Native American totem poles, and dozens of other iconic cultural forms, some universally recognized, others buried by history. At the same time, her work is strongly linked to that of modernists like Henry Moore and Picasso, who were likewise enormously influenced by the language of antiquity and sought to reinterpret it through a contemporary lens.

Speidel often works at the intersection between figuration and abstraction, suggesting the human form though combinations of elegantly simple shapes. At times, her sculptures appear to diverge from the figure altogether, but they often preserve the basic components of bodies: circles and ovals evocative of heads, vertical forms echoing limbs. On the other hand, they seem inextricably linked to the natural world, their forms equally influenced by boulders and trees. It’s a dichotomy that, at its core, taps directly into the intimate connection ancient people felt with the earth.

“The inspiration for my work is rooted in the power of travel,” Speidel remarks, and indeed, her sculptures assimilate cultural influences in a manner reminiscent of travelogue--organic and intuitive, not academic or preordained. Her work encourages us to make complex associations, but it delights as well in purely formal properties: color, carefully poised compositions, the natural qualities of bronze, glass, and stone. Seen in a landscape, Speidel’s sculptures have a Zen-like relationship with the surrounding area, humbling themselves to the natural world while simultaneously enhancing it, amplifying its effect. When installed indoors, they act as oases of nature, exuding an enigmatic, earthy quality despite their manmade origins, as if in conversation with the organic universe. This, perhaps, is among the most remarkable aspects of Speidel’s sculpture: its capacity to engage in dialogue with the world—not only with its natural elements, but also with the whole of human history and art.

Education

1967 - 1968  Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA.

1961 - 1963  University of Grenoble, France

1959 - 1962  University of Washingon, Seattle WA


Selected Exhibitions

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2017 Open Boundaries, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

           Journey Across Culture, J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

           Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2016 Works on Paper, J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA. 

           Arundel,  Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2014 Pactolus, Gail Severn Gallery, SunValley/Ketchum, ID.  

           Hermus, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St Helena, CA.

           Native Ground, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2013  “An Experience, Sculpture in the Landscape,” Bloedel  Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA.

2012 “Kohatu,“ Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2011 “Gopura,“ Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           “Cerrig Wen”, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

           “Tempat”, Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York, NY.

2010 Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

           Art Singapore, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

           Fine Art Asia, Art & Antiques Fair, Hong Kong, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

2009 Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

2008 Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Karasuk, Winsten Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY.

           Yorro Yorro, Winsten Wächter Fine Art, Seattle WA.

2007 Sibu, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

           Chalicidice, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2006 Govannon, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2005 Ancient Deities, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2004 Unearthed, Winsten Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2003 Chakpori, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2002 Nod to Xian, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

           Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2001 Cerne Abbas, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2000 Threshold Guardians, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA.

           Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.


Selected Commissions & Collections

Amazon Doppler Building, Seattle, WA • American Greetings World Headquarters, Westlake, OH • AT&T Gateway Tower-Seattle Municipal Tower, Seattle, WA • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, permanent collection, Bainbridge, WA • Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA • Bellevue Towers, two site-specific sculptures, Bellevue, WA • Bentall Corporation, Puget Sound Energy Summit Building, Bellevue, WA • Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Headquarters, Tukwila, WA • Cairncross & Hemplemann, Seattle, WA • Central Oregon Community College, site-specific sculpture, Bend, OR • Century Square Building, Seattle, WA • Central Oregon Community College, site-specific sculpture, Bend, OR • Century Square Building, Seattle, WA • Courthouse Square, Vashon Island, WA • ERA Care, University House at Wallingford, Seattle, WA • Gardner Corporation, Grove Plaza, Boise, ID • Gerding Edlen, Portland, OR

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Selected Artworks

Kugis (Latvian Vessel)

Kugis (Latvian Vessel)

Bronze

20 x 21 x 7 inches

170155

Ninkasi (God of the Vine)

Ninkasi (God of the Vine)

Bronze

20.5 x 17.5 x 17

160440

Education

1967 - 1968  Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA.

1961 - 1963  University of Grenoble, France

1959 - 1962  University of Washingon, Seattle WA


Selected Exhibitions

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2017 Open Boundaries, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

           Journey Across Culture, J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

           Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2016 Works on Paper, J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA. 

           Arundel,  Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2014 Pactolus, Gail Severn Gallery, SunValley/Ketchum, ID.  

           Hermus, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St Helena, CA.

           Native Ground, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2013  “An Experience, Sculpture in the Landscape,” Bloedel  Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA.

2012 “Kohatu,“ Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2011 “Gopura,“ Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           “Cerrig Wen”, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

           “Tempat”, Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York, NY.

2010 Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

           Art Singapore, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

           Fine Art Asia, Art & Antiques Fair, Hong Kong, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

2009 Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

2008 Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Karasuk, Winsten Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY.

           Yorro Yorro, Winsten Wächter Fine Art, Seattle WA.

2007 Sibu, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

           Chalicidice, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2006 Govannon, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2005 Ancient Deities, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2004 Unearthed, Winsten Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

2003 Chakpori, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2002 Nod to Xian, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA.

           Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2001 Cerne Abbas, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.

2000 Threshold Guardians, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA.

           Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID.


Selected Commissions & Collections

Amazon Doppler Building, Seattle, WA • American Greetings World Headquarters, Westlake, OH • AT&T Gateway Tower-Seattle Municipal Tower, Seattle, WA • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, permanent collection, Bainbridge, WA • Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA • Bellevue Towers, two site-specific sculptures, Bellevue, WA • Bentall Corporation, Puget Sound Energy Summit Building, Bellevue, WA • Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Headquarters, Tukwila, WA • Cairncross & Hemplemann, Seattle, WA • Central Oregon Community College, site-specific sculpture, Bend, OR • Century Square Building, Seattle, WA • Central Oregon Community College, site-specific sculpture, Bend, OR • Century Square Building, Seattle, WA • Courthouse Square, Vashon Island, WA • ERA Care, University House at Wallingford, Seattle, WA • Gardner Corporation, Grove Plaza, Boise, ID • Gerding Edlen, Portland, OR

Biography

Julie Speidel’s sculptures engage an extraordinary array of cultural influences, reaching back through antiquity to the stone- and bronze-age peoples of Europe, the early Buddhists of China, the indigenous tribes of her native Pacific Northwest, and on into twentieth-century modernism. Depending on our own spheres of knowledge, we may find in her work echoes of the British Isles’ megalithic stone structures, Cycladic Greek fertility figures, Native American totem poles, and dozens of other iconic cultural forms, some universally recognized, others buried by history. At the same time, her work is strongly linked to that of modernists like Henry Moore and Picasso, who were likewise enormously influenced by the language of antiquity and sought to reinterpret it through a contemporary lens.

Speidel often works at the intersection between figuration and abstraction, suggesting the human form though combinations of elegantly simple shapes. At times, her sculptures appear to diverge from the figure altogether, but they often preserve the basic components of bodies: circles and ovals evocative of heads, vertical forms echoing limbs. On the other hand, they seem inextricably linked to the natural world, their forms equally influenced by boulders and trees. It’s a dichotomy that, at its core, taps directly into the intimate connection ancient people felt with the earth.

“The inspiration for my work is rooted in the power of travel,” Speidel remarks, and indeed, her sculptures assimilate cultural influences in a manner reminiscent of travelogue--organic and intuitive, not academic or preordained. Her work encourages us to make complex associations, but it delights as well in purely formal properties: color, carefully poised compositions, the natural qualities of bronze, glass, and stone. Seen in a landscape, Speidel’s sculptures have a Zen-like relationship with the surrounding area, humbling themselves to the natural world while simultaneously enhancing it, amplifying its effect. When installed indoors, they act as oases of nature, exuding an enigmatic, earthy quality despite their manmade origins, as if in conversation with the organic universe. This, perhaps, is among the most remarkable aspects of Speidel’s sculpture: its capacity to engage in dialogue with the world—not only with its natural elements, but also with the whole of human history and art.

Press

Julie Speidel

“The inspiration for my work is rooted in the power of travel,” Speidel remarks, and indeed, her sculptures assimilate cultural influences in a manner reminiscent of travelogue—organic and intuitive, not academic or preordained.

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