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 Julie Dawn Oakes  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/British Columbia / Canada      Known for: erotic figure, social commentary

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BIOGRAPHY for Julie Oakes
1948 (Nelson, British Columbia, Canada)
New York/British Columbia / Canada

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erotic figure, social commentary

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The following submitted November 2004, is from the artist

Born Julie Cowan in Nelson, British Columbia, Julie Oakes established her reputation as a provocative, culturally critical, multi-dimensional artist. Through painting, drawing, writing, video and performance, most of her work autobiographically comments on social concerns, with emphasis ranging from banal to exotic and erotic.

She holds a Master degree in Art and Art Professions from New York University and a second Masters degree in Critical Theory, Liberal Studies, from the New School University in New York City.

At the age of sixteen, Oakes attended the Banff School of Fine Arts under Charles Stegeman and Francoise Andre. While working at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, she helped install one of the first kinetic art shows in Canada and helped Edward Keinholtz to install his exhibition. The next summer, she attended the University of Saskatchewan's Emma Lake painting and drawing program with Ted Godwin and Ricardo Gomez.

With the help of a Cotes-Hallmark scholarship, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba and attended two more workshops at Emma Lake in the company of Ernie Lindner and John Cage. Her first public group exhibition was in Winnipeg where she presented two kinetic works and also worked with Felix Partz on a filmed performance piece titled The Purse Snatching. Oakes was awarded two successive Canada Council Grants that took her from Europe to India and back. Oakes has studied Thangka painting in Eskdalemuir, Scotland and Intensive Chinese Language and Tibetan History at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

The Purse Snatching (performance, video, 1969), Earthlines Deadlines Lifelines (painting, 1991), Breast Protest Anonymous (silkscreen, photo, performance, video, 1992-93), Cunte (installation, performance, painting, video, 1993-94), and Quercia Stories - Gentle Bondage (painting, drawing, writings, 2004) are some of her more well-known works.

During the 1990's, Oakes supported community arts as the director of a gallery in Vernon, British Columbia. She raised two children, a boy and girl from her marriage to Sir Christopher Oakes. She currently lives and works from her studios in both New York and rural British Columbia.

Source: Richard Fogarty

2001 Gentle Bondage, Vernon Public Gallery, Vernon, BC.
1993 B.P.A. RCA Visuals, Public Art Gallery, St. Johns, Nfld.
1987 I am a Woman with a Past, Vernon Public Gallery, BC.

1994 Emerging Artists, Museum of Modern Art, Miami, Fla.
1993 Images and Objects XI, Assembly of BC Arts Councils, Trail, BC. Catalogue
1991 Earthlines, Deadlines, Lifelines is a group show of seven artists curated by John Taylor.
The Kelowna Public Art Gallery/Museum, Kelowna, B.C.
The Vernon Public Art Gallery/Museum, Vernon, B.C.

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