Sensuality of Living: The Painting of Julian Bender

queens command, 2018, 7.5 x 5 in, oil on pine

Julian Bender is a painter living and working in New England.
Bender's paintings display a structural hierarchy of form and color. They eschew an all over composition in favor of an amalgamation of forms. When the imagery veers more toward the figurative a subject / ground relationship can start to become evident but the distinction can very quickly disolve, charging the surface with a satisfying ambiguity.

bdyfrgn, 2018, 8.5 x 5 in, oil on pine

atcq, 2018, 5 x 6 in, oil on cedar

From The artists' statement: My materials are pencil, crayon and oil / oil stick on wood. I consider myself a student of the Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan. I have been absolutely enthralled with his work for almost a decade and it has altered me deeply.
Recently, I am most touched by the work of Ezra Pound. My favorite painter, at the moment, is Francisco Mendes Moreira.
In school I studied musicial composition and am a music school drop out.
Things I relish include ritual, the sensuality of living and the immersions of awe within nature.
I am a timber framer by trade. And work in the tradition of mortise and tenon joinery.
As a result of that study Russian avant-garde piano compositions from the early twentieth century hold a special place in my heart a do the spectral and aleatoric composers of the mid century..
Most of my painting supports are scraps from my framing work.
Painting is a relationship, a ratio between what is known and what goes unknown. After becoming a father of two my painting practice shifted radically from working on large paintings for long stretches of time to painting on a small scale, often finishing a painting in one or two nights. I bring everything to the easel, my whole boiling being, naked. What I leave behind are gestalts of the moment, or day, or week; my own personal Rorschach.
- Julian Bender
handle, 2019, 6 x 4.5 in, oil on pine

Julian Bender in his studio in New England, 2020

dramameme, 2019, 6 x 4.5 in, oil on pine

slfhlp, 2018, 6.5 x 5 in, oil on pine

untitled, 2018, 5.5 x 4.5 in, oil on pine

Witches bruh 9a0, 2017, 8 x 8 in, oil on panel

sntnc, 2018, 4.5 x 4.5 in, oil on pine

yeahway, 2019, 8 x 10 in, oil on oak

speculation, 2019, 5 x 4.5 in, oil on pine

vanman, 2017, 18 x 8 in, oil on cedar

edwh, 2019, 8 x 10 in, oil on oak