Artist, Julie Newdoll | Julie Newdoll: She's Got Art Down to a Science
Artist, Julie Newdoll | Julie Newdoll: She's Got Art Down to a Science
Artist: Julie Newdoll
Fine Art Registry - Featured Artist
paints the seen and unseen, real and unreal, as one.
Artist Julie Newdoll sees the world from a vantage point that is hard for many of us to conceptualize.
has found a medium for marrying science and human mythology in a parallel and brilliant way that portrays the microscopic and macroscopic views of life together as one, showing just how unified life really is.
Through Julie's Eyes
Julie was born in hot San Angelo, TX and moved shortly thereafter to a suburb just outside of Dallas called Garland.
feels lucky that around the age of 10 years old, her
parents got smart and moved from Texas back to California, from where they both originated.
30-year and counting love for painting started when she
was in high school and first tried her
hand at oil painting.
She also had a fascination with science, which led her to obtain her microbiology degree from the University of San Francisco.
After that, she went straight into getting her medical illustration masters degree at USF.
It was here that computer graphics caught her
Combined with the incredible research that was being conducted by the microscopic division, and molecular graphics, Julie
saw the potential for art.
took the microscopic imagery and composited it on a computer with a sketch.
then printed the image on canvas and painted over it.
From that point on, Julie
was enthralled by the possibilities of combining science and art.
"Red, right…" replies Julie
heads off in search of the requested paint.
Not only does Julie
have a talent of her
own, but she's
also passed it on to Sophia, who has become involved with Julie's work in a most peculiar way.
Once upon a time, a client of Julie's
wanted a painting done relating to her
breast cancer research.
The client was very intrigued with the mythology and figures that Julie
uses in her
art and was wondering if there might be a way for Julie to combine breast cancer science and Inuit Indian mythology (the patron's favorite culture).
"So I started looking into their culture and it's very interesting," says Julie
"Kids do everything in one stroke, they don't make a mistake, they just do it," says Julie
now regularly consults Sophia for the Inuit artwork.
has this great technique where she
uses charcoal and then she
puts paint on top, smudging the charcoal," explains Julie
, as she
watches Sophia aggressively making little marks all around her
drawing with the charcoal.
"Oh! It's raining today!
"No, it's snowing," Sophia calmly corrects her
"See that's the thing with kids, you never know what's going to happen; that's what's been so neat about each and every drawing that she's
No matter what I might be thinking it's going to be, it's never the same; it's always something different with new elements in it that are quite inspirational and have taught me a lot," says Julie
Through the Eyes of Science
Julie Newdoll's Kimono Series
Sophia and Julie
took us downstairs where at least 30 of Julie's paintings line the walls of her
often creates series of five paintings at a time, such as her
"The Japanese tea ceremony involves using all of your senses so it was the perfect backdrop for the 'Senses' series.
Each kimono represents the tissues from one of the senses and cells involved in receiving each sense.
You've got these tendril-like things that receive smell and these little tendril-like things that also receive taste, they're all related through evolution.
What you use to see with also has a similar look - rods and cones are just cilia too.
They may have all evolved from one sense or receiving thing - sort of re-using the technology," says Julie
Julie Newdoll's 'Senses' Kimono series
Julie paints with oils but often finds herself doing a mixed media type of thing, using textures underneath the paint.
Crushed stone and sand are an example of what she
may use, as shown in her
"Dine" (Navajo Indians) series of five paintings, which combine scientific thoughts on the origin of life with the Dine creation story.
Julie Newdoll's art
"I mixed a bunch of sand in with the paint around the outside, and used dirt in the middle of each of the Dine paintings.
I got the dirt from the Dine area several years ago when I was traveling around the desert," says Julie
"I've had these bottles of dirt forever!
My college roommate and I drove around the desert drinking iced tea and we would see by the side of the road these incredible colors of dirt and I would shout, 'Stop!' And I'd get out my bottle and scoop up some dirt: red, purple, yellow.
And in the Indian story they start in a red world, and then move on to a blue world, then to yellow.
As they move from world to world it gets more sophisticated and they meet
Julie Newdoll sand bottle for art, and FAR Tag application
more sophisticated beings and become more so themselves, so it's very evolutionary orientated.
Not only do they have rivers running through it and drying up and making this cell-dividing thing, they end up on an island in the end.
Sort of like a cell with a nucleus."
is also in the middle of painting her
taste-bud table top series.
You can see more of these series at Julie's website www.brushwithscience.com.
Through the Eyes of the Public
is well known in her
In fact there is a movement in scientifically inspired art, known as bio-art or sci-art, which is making her
kind of work more popular.
paintings have appeared on the cover of numerous science magazines.
Julie is also the Exhibits Director for YLEM.
is a San Francisco based organization for artists using science and technology ( http://www.ylem.org/).
At time of this writing Julie
was deeply involved in the "Hitchhikers in the Valley of Heart's Delight" project for the Inter Society for the Electronic Arts ZeroOne Global Festival
of Art on the Edge at the San Jose Museum of Art.
(This whole project has been thoroughly covered on the FAR website: Famous Hitch Hikers' Safety Assured by Fine Art Registry™ Tags).
It was through the Hitchhikers project that Julie
first came into contact with the Fine Art Registry
, as one of the artists involved, Jim Pallas, had found FAR
and was enthusiastically tagging and registering his artwork.
Lynn Orlosky, FAR Founder Teri Franks, and artist Julie Newdoll
has a very large body of work and she
has so many projects going in so many directions that it's hard to keep track.
works with FAR
, along with transfer of ownership when she
pieces, will help bring order to her
art and maintain a permanent record for the future-a future that is positively bubbling over with different possibilities.
Julie Newdoll's works of art
Sophie and Julie Newdoll with FAR Founder, Teri Franks
"Once I started doing this it was like a never ending amount of subject matter that I just can't stop," says Julie
art is continually evolving as time goes by and will no doubt continue to shed light on the world from the small and large, real and mythical, as one.
sent us her favorite quote about art from the bookThe Art Spirit by Robert Henri.