Juliette Belmonte was born in Costa Rica, but moved to the United States as a child. The character of her art comes from watching her professional artist mother work in her studio, and also from what Juliette calls a nomadic childhood. Thus her credo is constant change. “I think part of me wants to see what’s going to happen next.”
Recently that has been abstract portraits built from vintage photographs, especially of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She hunts for the expression or look that to her seems to transcend time. “Occasionally there is something I instantly recognize in a face as familiar, and that will become my subject. It appeals to me that though this person is long gone, the story that is captured in their expression remains.” The abstract element comes from her incorporation of found objects, fabrics, gold leaf and organic elements into her current paintings. “I like the physical layers they help to create, and feel those layers act as metaphors for times past.”
The focus of demo will be about how she goes about adding to the surface of a portrait that she has painted. See her interview with Jeff Harold at Juliette Belmonte Promo. See also a video that Juliette did for the University of Utah at Juliette Belmonte University of Utah Video.
Juliette’s parents signed her up for her first official painting class at the age of ten. She ultimately studied at the Art Students League of New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Currently Juliette is exploring life in the American West and is living and painting in Oakland California. She came to our attention teaching a recent workshop at the Main Street Art Center in Lake Zurich. See her web site at https://www.juliettebelmonte.com.
“I feel great joy through the practice of making art as to me it's a meditation on beauty and the surprising form that it can sometimes take.”