Julian Cardinal is known for his ability to present his subject matter through a contemporary lens while still holding true to the manner of Fine Art. He is drawn to compositions that portray a Retro vintage vibe from France in the 1960s while still achieving to produce simple colorations. He chooses amongst hundreds of photographs from this era and once he gains a sense of the picture's composition, he can then duplicate the images using different sized canvas, colors, and line patterns.
Loose brush strokes, muted hues, and unique textures help define his paintings as dreamy and airy. With a fast approach to his compositions, we find no inhibitions in execution. Much like the great expressionist painters prominent in the early 20th Century, like Amedeo Modigliani and Henri Mattise, the viewer can find many similarities in Cardinals works with his admirable technique in a bravura manner.
Julian is drawn to simplicity, while choosing black and white photos that help his imagination run free with color and depth. But for nudes and flowers, he always chooses to paint from life. He states “I like to paint live. There is something about setting up a bouquet and painting it that is very rewarding.” His goal is to combine the vintage style of fashion with contemporary expressionism.
Julian Cardinal began drawing from the figure during his freshman year at the University of Vermont. Summering on Cape Cod, he has spent numerous hours painting in the studio of his father, artist Robert Cardinal. In the spring of 2011, he graduated from UVM, where he majored in English and minored in Studio Art. He has been inspired by artists Michael Davis, Cynthia Packard and Anne Packard, as well as his father.
Julian is also an accomplished violinist, tennis player and cook. He spends much of his time writing and producing music. He grew up in North Truro, MA, and currently resides in Burlington, VT.