Sugarmat embodies so much of what brings me joy in this world — beauty and balance, along with quality in the details. It’s a perfect example of what inspires me. So when I was asked to collaborate with them on their next collection of mats, I was over the moon.
Introducing the Healing Heart Yoga Mat Collection...
Julia Contacessi has been painting beautiful abstract works for a while now, but her newest "Color Collection" might just be our favorite one yet. Featuring bold, bright colors this new series showcases concentrated color palettes and assertive brushwork. Depending on the frame style they're paired with, these pieces can complement modern or classic aesthetics while still maintaining the clean, uncomplicated look we love in abstract art. Here are a few of Julia's new pieces in four different frame styles.
It was sure a pleasure to be invited to paint in New York with Minted last week. What an great experience it was to see all the wonderful new offerings that are launching while getting to share my process with others. Take a peek at this time-lapse video of me working on the first piece that evolved into “Seeped in Truth.”
I was so happy when Design Love Fest asked if I'd like to be part of their DRESS YOUR TECH feature because it allowed me to share some of my artwork. These desktop downloads are yours to enjoy for FREE! Click through below to download these for your phone or computer….
I'm so excited to be this year's featured artist, along with Linda Colletta, at the 54th Annual CCNS Art Show & Sale. Join us for the Opening Night Gala on Friday, June 3rd from 7pm to 10pm and the next day, June 4th from 12-6pm. Get all the details here.
Working with clients and designers alike is always a lot of fun for me. The collaborations usually push me in unexpected directions which produces wonderful work. When I discovered InteriorCrowd, with their power to connect you with a network of interior designers who will work with you in-person on any type of home design project, I knew I needed to connect with them! Claire Andreas and I had a chance to chat recently. Below is what I shared with them. Check out the full article on theirsite.
Julia was interviewed for the below article, which was featured in the March/April 2016 issue of East Coast Home & Design. Here we’ve added some of the inspiration that shaped the article.
Among ones home furnishings, artwork stands as one important piece that can give the true essence of the homeowner. One of the many locations that art hangs is in the bathroom and kitchen. Local contemporary abstract artist Julia Contacessi agrees and explains her process as a “Combination of conscious and subconscious exploration. With a focus on color, texture and composition.” Julia strives to deliver an atmospheric, feel-good effect in every one of her pieces.
GLIMPSES WITHIN: Works by Julia Contacessi and Jane Schmidt On Display: March 18th – April 18th at Sorelle Gallery in New Canaan, CT
Sorelle Gallery is celebrating spring with a vibrant, cheerful exhibition entitled GLIMPSES WITHIN: Works by Julia Contacessi and Jane Schmidt. Join us on Friday, March 18th for an opening reception from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Beginning at 6:15pm, the artists will discuss their artistic inspiration and process. Also as part of the show, a designer vignette RUSTIC LUXE will be on display — the work of co-owners Rebecca Baglio and Andrea Romeo of Romeo and Baglio Design.
text by ANNA KOCHARIAN (the below is taken from Domino.com)
With a focus on color, texture, and composition, contemporary and abstract artist Julia Contacessi strives to deliver an atmospheric effect in every one of her pieces. Inspired by the principle of letting “the picture lead you where it must go” Contacessi’s single-minded approach embraces a focus on the simplicity of beauty found in a moment. The Pratt Institute graduate currently resides in Norwalk, Connecticut with her husband, Mario, and son, Neo. Here, she touches on her inspirations and the one thing she can’t live without.
At Home in the Hamptons: Inside Keija Minor’s Happy Place
“You can literally find inspiration anywhere,” says BRIDES Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Keija Minor as she lounges on her cottage-style sofa in the living room of her new Hamptons home. If you haven’t heard of Keija yet, the first thing to know is that her inspirations not only fuel her personal life and style, but her career as well. In her impressive role at BRIDES, Keija’s day-to-day is filled with exquisite items, innovative ideas, and stylish moments, all of which she uses to inspire a more beautiful and curated life within her readers.
We are so excited to announce that the Chairish $99 Print Shop launches this Sunday, January 24th on Instagram! Join us @shopchairishlive at 10am PST, when we’ll feature a limited number of beautiful art prints from twelve wildly talented artists - all for $99 (includes shipping, too).
In preparation for Sunday, we’ve asked our lovely artists some getting-to-know-you questions, beginning with Julia Contacessi below.
As with any design challenge, we armed ourselves with serious interior design talent and professional expertise; in this case, our very own Celebrity Designer Christina Murphy, of Christina Murphy Interiors. We love how Christina hung the art right on the bookcases. And how she mixed some black and white photography in with the vibrant abstract art from a local Connecticut artist, Julia Contacessi. By selecting mismatched side tables, she added to the eclectic feel.
If you love art you are in for a real treat today as I'm highlighting the work of super talented abstract artist Julia Contacessi. Her works are serene, beautiful and ethereal. I have so many great photos of her work it was difficult to chose which ones to highlight for the post. Honestly, I don't think I could go wrong. Her works are not only beautiful in themselves but, as you will see, really make a space standout. And did I mention she is giving away one of her prints to one lucky Mimosa Lane reader?!! Who is feeling lucky, lucky? Let me tell you a bit more about her-
I thought we'd kick off the week with the fabulous abstract artwork by Julia Contacessi!! You might remember I included one of her paintings in a roundup of my favorite sea-inspired artwork through Minted a few weeks ago; I love her bold use of color and how almost all of her landscapes and abstracts remind me of the sea. There isn't a piece in her portfolio I wouldn't LOVE to hang on my walls (her "Distant Island Pier" is currently a contender for some empty wall space in my master bathroom, actually!) Here are a few favorites from her portfolio I'm loving lately:
A monthly series where we highlight a member of our talented Minted artist community. Featured this month: contemporary abstract artist Julia Contacessi, who lives in Norwalk, Conn.
After graduating from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2000, Julia Contacessi worked in marketing and branding as a graphic designer before deciding two years ago to quit and pursue painting full-time. Here, she shares a glimpse into her studio life.
The future of retail is now, people. This Sunday, May 31, Chairish, online purveyor of antique and vintage wares and MyDomaine favorite, will host their second Instagram "open studio" sale, and we're all sorts of excited.
Little Green Notebook's Jenny Komenda is back! This time, she's curated a collection of her favorite Chairish vintage pieces. Shop Jenny's collection below to decorate your space like a true design tastemaker — including "Sunbathing" by Julia Contacessi!
Julia Contacessi’s creations are designed to add color and warmth to the areas where they're displayed. Many of her most recent works are on display in several galleries throughout Connecticut. Escaping Light, for example, is a combination of texture and some metallic paint. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Patricia Larson and Helen Frankenthaler, Contacessi allowed the work to reveal itself organically, layering loose, watered paint with translucent colors to build up color intensity and create a fluid feeling.