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Contemporary modernist 1989 pastel drawing by California artist Julie Belnick

Contemporary modernist 1989 pastel drawing by California artist Julie Belnick

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An accomplished drawing in pastel, 16" by 31 1/2" (22" by 38" in present framing), signed on the reverse by local Los Angeles artist Julie Belnick (1957-), and dated there 1989. The strange, surrealistic, stark modernist scene is of two brooms leaning against several walls dividing an otherwise empty space. A silvery gray tone dominates, with some subtle yellow mixed in, resulting in an elegant and mysterious work. Belnick is a Southern California artist with an exhibition history. A write up in 1986 from the Los Angeles Times: "THE ART GALLERIES/West Los Angeles/November 21, 1986|COLIN GARDNER Julie Belnick has broken the restraints of her usual enigmatic renderings of brooms and buckets in stark interiors and moved toward the sensual. Working in pastel and acrylic on paper, she vacillates between representation and abstraction, suggesting in part the skeletal structures of vertebrae and ribs or fossilized organisms emerging and receding from amorphous grounds, alluding perhaps to cycles of ripening and decay. The work's strength comes from tension between improvisation and control. Its weakness lies in its attempts at metaphorical allusions to psychological states without questioning either the dubious language of such metaphors or the loaded rhetoric of painting itself." Belnick has degrees from California State University Northridge and Cal State Los Angeles. She has been an artist since 1979 and had her first solo show in 1986. The work is no longer affixed to the backing, the adhesive having dried over thirty years. It can be shipped unframed with protective glassine, between boards or/and with the frame less the glass. Bluish tone to second photo is simply light conditions. The true color is the gray/silver of the other images.