Paintings, Mixed Media Works, Blown Glass

March 29 - May 3, 2008

Opening Reception
Saturday, March 29,
Spring Gallery Night
2:00 - 9:00pm



Courtyard Gardens, 2008, oil, linocut, woodcut, paper on canvas, 
67 x 59

Light changes as it passes through any transparent medium - water, atmosphere, glass, film, even translucent paint. It may be dimmed or amplified; it may splinter into prismatic fragments. Julie Lazarus takes note of this constant interaction as she watches the play of light on water, a lifelong passion that informs all of her art. "The first few hundred times I look at it," she says, "there are no lines, no direction. I don't exactly see it all at once until, like magic, it becomes clear." This clarity enables her to decipher subtly resonant transformations that occur as water and other elements absorb the light. As their reflective properties are changed, they change the structure and direction of light as well.

Lazarus is a painter and printmaker who also creates large works in glass. These artforms might seem unrelated, but they are simply different expressions of her fascination with light. She treats glass in a painterly fashion, composing and building it as a definitive image. Yet she can also coax traditionally opaque two-dimensional mediums into conveying translucency and reflection.

Hers is an art that demands to be seen in real life, because these qualities cannot be adequately appreciated electronically or in print, no matter how beguiling the image may appear. Fortunately, Lazarus's work is regularly on view at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth. It has been widely shown in special exhibitions, such as the Biennale Internazionale Del'Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, and the Contemporary Art Center in Fort Worth. Without fail, her art attracts great interest because of its commanding presence. Corporations such as Omnicom, the Belo Corporation, Standard Federal Bank, and Continental Airlines have acquired important pieces, as have numerous private collectors.

JULIE LAZARUS - Untitled-1

Lazarus is a lifelong artist who holds a B. A. from Hofstra University and a Masters Degree in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Tulsa. As a child in New York, she was exposed to great art. Her first painting, at the age of eleven, depicted a landscape with architecture; next was a self-portrait. Her third piece was an abstract landscape, and from then on she never looked back - even though nature, architecture, and the human figure continue to inform her nonobjective art. "To abstract is a verb," she says. "That is what's really going on here. I never plan my art. I do it."

Window / Courtyard I, 2008, oil on canvas, 36 x 54

Lazarus has always been drawn to the watery places in the world, such as Venice and Amsterdam, where she spends her time gazing at the reflections and depths in the canals and the open sea. She travels from Venice to the island of Murano to work closely with the fabled glassblowers who fabricate her large vessels under her direction.

With much the same acuity as Monet, who described his haystacks and lily ponds in Impressionistic terms, Lazarus sails past representational imagery and gets straight to the actual abstract content of optical phenomena. In her canvases as well as her glass pieces, surface and depth exist concurrently, playing hide-and-seek with the viewer's focus. Light filters through the gauzy glazes, soaks through the increasingly opaque layers, and then slowly rebounds to the surface, bringing back infinite details of nature and vision.

- Suzanne Deats

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at or at 817-737-9566 for more information.

Previous Exhibitions

 Bob Wade - GUSHERS + MORE: FEB. 16 - MAR. 22, 2008

 Tom Hollenback - ACRYLIC & STEEL: NOV. 30, 2007 - JAN. 6, 2008

 Jake Gilson - WALL RELIEFS & WORKS ON PAPER: OCT. 19 - NOV. 24, 2007

 Jane Helslander - FIELD PRESENCE: SEPT. 8 - OCT. 13, 2007

 Summer Mix - Works from artists represented by the gallery: June 30th - August 4th, 2007

 The Nature Conservancy of Texas - Photographs Celebrate Texas Nature: May 12th - June 23rd, 2007

 Joachim Kersten - DIGITALIS PURPUREA: March 31 - May 5, 2007

 Janus-style New Year's Exhibition - Looking Forward / Looking Back: January 19 - February 28, 2007

 New and Emerging Texas Talent - Show Offs II: December 1, 2006 - January 13, 2007

 Bernd Haussmann - RECOLLECT: October 21 - November 25, 2006

 Dalton Maroney - CROSSINGS: September 9 - October 14, 2006

 Group exhibition - MAN-I-FEST: June 24 - August 5, 2006

 Patrick Kelly - I Want Eye Candy: May 13 - June 11, 2006

 Carol Benson - ATTACHMENTS: April 1 - April 30, 2006

 Cecil Touchon - VISUAL POETRY: February 18 - March 26, 2006

 Randall Reid & STEVE MURPHY - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: December 2, 2005 – January 14, 2006,

 RICHARD THOMPSON - Mindful Wading: October 22 – November 26, 2005

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - Work by Tarrant County artists: June 25 – August 6, 2005


 KEVIN TOLMAN - PAINTINGS + DRAWINGS: May 14 – June 18, 2005

 SEVAN MELIKYAN - ‘AFTER’ SERIES II: April 2 – May 2, 2005

 A FOCUSED VISION - Group Exhibition: February 11 – March 26, 2005

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - NEW PAINTINGS: December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005

 J.T. GRANT - BÊTE NOIRE: September 18 – October 23, 2004

 SURFACE - Group Exhibition: June 19 – September 4, 2004

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD - NEW WORK: May 1 - June 5, 2004

William Campbell Contemporary Art
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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William Campbell Contemporary Art
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
and by appointment
Gallery One Frames
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday