Julie Speed

American , 1951 -

Speed was born in Chicago and lived in many cities along the East coast before settling down in Austin in 1978. It was at this point that she was able to devote herself to her art full-time.

Utilizing her keen sense of the absurd, Speed ponders the big questions—the role of religion, isolation and longing, sexuality, sin and guilt—with a sly, sometimes black, sense of humor and a steadfast refusal to offer the viewer any tidy resolutions. It is the emphatically open-ended and omnivorous nature of her work, combining anxiety, erotica, and violence with the subversive power of beauty, that puts Speed in the vanguard of a return to figurative painting in contemporary art.


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