ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JULIAN GRAEF

Updated: Dec 22, 2020


My first inspiration for painting was László Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus movement. I liked how their clean cut lines and industrial aesthetic created a sense of order that projects a sort of calm even though it resides in this very industrial sentiment. I found my other inspiration during my college studies in music, when I began learning about meditation. I started using it as a way of improving my performance under pressure; on stage and in auditions.


Part of my meditation practice was learning to keep my focus on a single object, as a way to stay present and to clear the mind. The object could be anything from a picture, to a cabinet, or what I often used, a candle flame. To clear my mind, I focused only on the properties of the flame- its intensity, its behavior, its movement- and tuned out all other thoughts. These paintings grew from this notion of keeping complete focus on one thing.



The pieces in this painting series were created to be a meditation; they are meant to be focused upon and observed carefully to keep one’s mind clear and in the present moment. I’ve found that people often see very different things in the pieces and my hope is that as your attention rests on each work, your eye will begin to see more details and reveal hidden layers contained in each painting.



---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Julian's artwork can now be viewed at Coffee Lab's Community Art gallery.


To reach out to Julian, his contact information is below:

Email: jgraef96@gmail.com

Instagram Handle: https://www.instagram.com/julian_graef_art/





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