Julia Hacker is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media, acrylic paint, collage and illustration. Julia also offers her artwork for rent/sale to staging companies, real estate agents and interior designers.
I was born in Minsk, Belarus. After receiving a Masters in Fashion Design I worked as a leading Fashion Designer at the renowned Fashion Centre in Minsk for almost a decade. While at the Centre, I also was running a monthly spread in a local fashion magazine and created stage costumes for musical performers and singers. In 1990, following the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, I left to Canada where currently reside with my family. Today I am a full time artist, Elected Member of Society of Canadian Artists Active Member of Federation of Canadian Artists.
For me, the painting process is a physical and emotional necessity. Themes include humanity’s intrinsic and inseparable connection to nature and the surrounding environment. From a deep concern for the state of our planet to the beauty of simple objects, there is no mundane subject matter. I feel my art production is a dynamic part of my life, where my love of paint and the process of experimentation with collage and found objects continue to push me in new directions. My figurative language is influenced by some of the best XIX and XX century European Art like Klimt, Erte, Leon Bakst and Art Nouveau in general.
Over the years I developed two distinct directions- painting and collage illustration. My paintings always start with emotion and progress in an intuitive rather than a methodical way. The great benefit of switching direction away from brush to focus on collage allows me to recharge my creative and inspirational wellspring. It is a good way to step away, working in a different media to open different sides of creativity. Working with collage engages a particularly logical flow of ideas, almost like putting a puzzle together.
My inspiration often comes from my training as a fashion designer. I am marrying fashion and art, always looking for something with a little punch that arouses curiosity or starts a conversation, like a guilty pleasure.
Life is dynamic and so is my art. My purpose is to engage the viewer, to draw out a sense of wonder and joy through the colours and textures of my work.
Awards and Exhibitions
2017 Artworld Fine Arts Gallery, Toronto
2016 Art Expose, Hogs Hollow, Toronto
2016 Colour and Form Society Toronto
2016 Suspension and motion, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2016 Art Expo, NY
2016 Artist Project, Toronto
2016 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2015 Art Expo, New York
2015 Connecting Canadian Artists Spring Show, ARTA gallery, Toronto
2015 The Artist Project, Toronto
2014 Art Square Cafe and Gallery,
2014 Art Expo New York
2014 “My Garden” Gallery1313, Toronto
2013 “The Wonderment of Life” Toronto Wychwood Barns Community Gallery
2013 Spectrum Miami, Florida
2013 Art Expo Toronto
2012 Art Expo Ottawa
2012 Gallery1313,The Canadian landscape Exhibition
2012 Art Expo Toronto
2012 AFC, Toronto City Hall, Toronto. (Art for cancer foundation)
2012 Broadway Gallery, New York