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ARTIST STATEMENT: Juliette Aristides

Juliette Aristides is a classical artist who has a love affair with tradition. In “Laurels” a classical male nude poses in a reverie of thought. The viewer is tempted to wonder what he is thinking? Her strong background in drawing is evident in her work.


I am a Seattle-based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit in art. From the time I was a child, I looked for resonance between myself and my environment, and I found it through beauty in art and nature. The search for beauty in art was a path I started early in life and never left. As an artist, painting connects me to my surroundings in a powerful way through careful observation from the figure, still life, and interiors.


Juliette Aristides is the Founder and Director of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA (founded in 2000). She teaches workshops internationally and is the author of six best-selling books including Lessons in Classical Drawing and Lessons in Classical Painting published by Watson-Guptill, NY which have been translated into six languages. Her artwork and writing have been featured in magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, Artist’s Magazine, and American Artist. She exhibits in one person and group shows nationally including Observations, a solo exhibit at the Reading Public Museum of Art (Reading, PA) in 2017. The Aristides Atelier’s achievements have been recognized in three consecutive exhibitions at the Maryhill Museum of Art (Goldendale, WA) in 2018, 2019, and 2020, with another scheduled for 2021. Aristides is the recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant and is an Art Renewal Center “Living Master.” Her most recent solo show was in February 2020 at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN.


Go Figure! is on view now through December 6 in the Nichols Gallery. This striking exhibition will expand your definition of figurative art.

We thank our sponsors- The Honeywell Charitable Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, Town of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Community Foundation, Anonymous, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Printonyx, Harbor Rental, Browne’s Home Center, Tucker House, Friday Harbor Grand, and Friday Harbor House.

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