So much has been said about an unprecedented year that it’s no longer interesting to repeat. However, at the beginning of the pandemic and social unrest that followed the killing of George Floyd, Julianne Wallace Sterling began saving her newspapers from 2020, knowing that she might want to comment artistically.
Sterling has long drawn from the rich history of portrait painting with her work, and here she returns to painting portraits of loved friends, women and children, all living through a year unlike any other. In addition to the portraits, the newspapers were saved and collaged onto panel and acetate for an installation that is a memorial to a year that didn’t have to be this way.
Julianne Wallace Sterling is a Bay Area painter born in Southern California. She graduated from UC Riverside with a BS in Economics and pursued post-baccalaureate studies in Art at San Francisco State. Sterling’s work has been exhibited at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston, Dacia Gallery in New York, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato and Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland. Her work was selected for A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn’s 9th Biennial in 2011 and she was awarded first prize at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2010 Juried Annual.
Most recently, Sterling’s portrait Specialist Murphy was selected for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2019, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Washington, D.C.
Sterling’s work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle, art ltd., the East Bay Express, 7×7, and Art in New England.
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