Julie Kim is a visual artist & designer working in Seattle. Her paintings are a reflection of her inner landscape, connecting to the tangible and energetic qualities of color. She is inspired by shifting light and empty space, taking the time to observe both in her life.

“We live in a world where you can get a rainbow of paint colors at a store. Our colors are designed to be potent, durable and consistent. Although I value the intensity and purity of synthetic colors, I prefer to disrupt its uniform quality with my handmade natural paints. I’m exploring a new spectrum in the local environment by foraging rocks for pigment. Thousands of subtly different shades and mineral compositions can be found if you look carefully. I investigate their personalities by weaving rigid lines and unplanned washes into multi-dimensional spaces. I offer structure and fluidity so the colors may reveal themselves on paper. Every painting generates a different atmosphere and I invite you to explore their many layers.”


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Metamorphic Skies, Cupcake Royale, Seattle, WA
The Sweet Suite 300, ‘57 Biscayne Artist Studios in Seattle, WA
Elemental, Sugar Bakery & Cafe in Seattle, WA
Bemis Spring Art Show, The Bemis Building in Seattle, WA
Recent Work, with Ghost Gallery in Seattle, WA


Color Theory - Contemporary Abstraction, Perry & Carlson Gallery, Mt. Vernon, WA


Senior Thesis 2015, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA
UW Open House, Sandpoint Gallery, Seattle, WA