Epaul Julien

Epaul Julien

New Orleans , LA, United States

About Epaul Julien

Epaul Julien is a self taught artist who began his career as a fine are photographer in 1995 when a near death experience changed his life forever. On August 30, 2005 when Hurrican Katrina struck New Orleans he knew how he was going to navigate the waters. Creating art for him is a necessity. It is a vital part of his existence. In the wake of Katrina he felt abandoned by his photography because he could not pack a giant enlarger, darkroom chemicals and the other bulky, cumbersome equipment in one day and evacuate from his beloved city. In exile for six months he decided to use images he salvaged from the storm, expression, light, energy, spirit, movement, texture and value to create his new mixed media art.
Epaul was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised on his families Plantation. Africa Plantation 45 minutes northwest of New Orleans, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, in the small town of Modeste. For him, Africa Plantation was a spiritual place that put him in touch with nature and stimulated his imagination. As a young child, he would climb to the very top of Africa with his little brother. Under the stars and moon he would tell stories of how he was going to travel around the world. At some point between the time he spent on Africa’s hot tin roof and his father teaching him how to use his Nikon FT2, he began to travel through the world of fine art photography. Since 2005 my journey has taken me into a new world of mixed media fine art and who knows what’s next.
Julien’s work (photography and mixed media) has been exhibited in the United States, New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana State Museum, Houston’s DiverseWorks, the Darkroom (New Orleans), Stella Jones Gallery (New Orleans), Arps Gallery (Amsterdam) and DeGalerieDenHaag (the Hague)M.IA Milan Image Art Fair, Milan, Italy. His Katrina series has been catalogued in the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Katrina Exposed (2006).
In 2010, the University of New Orleans Press, published the book, Before During After: Louisiana Photographers Visual Reactions to Hurricane Katrina, a companion to the international traveling exhibition.
Julien's work has been covered by the Washington Post, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, Greater Houston Weekly, Louisiana Life Magazine, Kunst & Antiek Journaal, More than Classic, and many other international newspapers and magazines. His work is held in museums and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Education

Self Taught

Exhibitions

Exhibitions
2018 Art on Paper, New York, NY (e2)
ArtMarket San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (e2)
2017 VOLTA NY, New York, NY (e2) Pulse Miami Beach, Miami, FL (e2)
ArtFields, Lake City, SC (e2)
2016 Art Hysterical, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA (e2)
Afrofuture Society presents: Southern Parlour Salon Series, Ace Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Face to Face: A Survey of Contemporary Portraiture by Louisiana Artists, Hilliard Museum, Lafayette, LA (e2) INSPIRED: 20 Years of African American Art, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Inspired by Dutch Masters: Remaking Iconic Images with a Twist, Dutch Centre, London, UK (e2)
2015 Bologna Art Fair, Boxart Gallery, Bologna, Italy (e2)
Summer Exhibition, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands (e2) Art Karlsruhe, de Kunstsalon, Utrecht, The Netherlands (e2)
Art Breda, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (e2) Off-Brussels, a-gallery, Brussels, BE (e2)
Portraiture: Expression & Gesture: Photoplace Gallery, VT (e2)
2015 Summer Exhibition, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands (e2) Art Karlsruhe, de Kunstsalon, Utrecht, The Netherlands (e2)
Art Breda, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (e2) Portraiture: Expression & Gesture: Photoplace Gallery, VT (e2)
2014 Royal Academy of Art, Summer Exhibition, London, UK (e2)
PAN Amsterdam Art Fair, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (e2)
Prospect 3.0: Benetton Collection of New Orleans artists, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (e2) Art Verona, Boxart Gallery, Verona, Italy (e2)
Keep on Dreaming, Amstel Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (e2)
PAN Amsterdam Art Fair, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (e2)
Keep on Dreaming, Galerie SIRIUS, Tokyo, Japan (e2)
Amazons of Photography, Palazzo Fortuny Museum, Venice, Italy (e2)
2013 Announcing Veronese, Museum Castelvecchio, Art Verona, Verona, Italy (e2)
PhotoNOLA’s Currents 2013, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (e2)
Inventing Reality, A Gallery For Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA (e2)
PhotoNOLA, New Orleans African American Museum, New Orleans, LA (e2)
Houston Center for Photography’s 31st Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, Houston, TX (e2) Tank Drama, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA (e2)
Louisiana Contemporary, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (e2) Keep on Dreaming, Photoville, New York, NY (e2)
2012 PhotoNOLA’s Currents 2012, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (e2)
Mixed Messages.2, Multiracial Identity, Past and Present, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA The Human Figure, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA (e2)
Love, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands (e2)
Annual Auction, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (e2)
2011 Before, During, After, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA 2010 Before, During, After, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
Grid 10 Photo Biennale, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009 Paraphrase, The Darkroom, New Orleans, LA curated by John Lawrence (the Historic New Orleans Collection) 2007 Freedom of Speech, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA
The Big Show, The Darkroom, New Orleans, LA 2006 PhotoNOLA, Stella Jones, New Orleans, LA
The Breaking Point, CAC, Cincinnati, OH
Art for Art Sake, Stella Jones, New Orleans, LA
2004 Jazz Fest Unfolded, Barrister Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2003 City Dwellers, Gallery Claiborne, New Orleans, LA
Alters of Worship, Poets Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1999 Millennium Show, Govt. Street Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA