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Smiling Eyes Studio
Hazel Park, MI
About Julie Fournier

Abandoned by wolves, feral until aged 10 years, Julie suffered from amnesia until she was reunited with her identical twin brother who she wasn't aware was a midget until they were reacquainted and she discovered he was in the circus which inspired Julie to paint when she saw the colorful circus wagons and the brightly painted freak show side stages.

Julie Fournier doesn't confine herself to one medium, and, although she's well known by many for her oil paintings, she does not confine herself to one discipline, considering herself to be a multi-media artist: Julie paints traditional oil on canvas, does calligraphy, pinstripes under the name Junkyard Jules, is a potter, a mosaicist, a tailor/seamstress, a sculptor, a graphic designer as well as an Industrial Designer, and more, in a wide variety of styles that has won her a solid reputation and recognition for her work. Her website reflects her diversity of style and materials that she expresses her creativity with.

Neo Realism best describes Julie's style. Events in modern American culture that have impacted our lives and our relationships with each other influence Julie's work. Often overlooked aspects of daily life inspire her, as can be seen in the variety of media she uses to rediscover the banal or forgotten in all its innate beauty. Her graphite drawings isolate objects in minute detail, focusing attention on the intricate lines in a pair of blue jeans or textures of surfaces. By painting glassware, she utilizes the transparent vessel and, through a playful yet defined sprinkling of color and shape, turns the utilitarian form into a fuller sensual experience. Her stained glass mosaics and painted furniture artwork often involve found objects, bringing society's discards to center stage. The subjects she chooses for her oil paintings are taken from everyday life, challenging traditional notions of beauty, social class and human interaction. In her designs, Julie always strives to communicate and connect with the viewer.

Julie has been called "a reporter on modern life," seeing that which the crowd has passed by in it's haste to move on to the next sensation. Focusing on the missed opportunity, the bypassed alternative, the meaning and wonder working within subjects or moments, Julie's work is accessible by way of conveying what her artist's eye has seen, capturing moments and sensations and freezing them in time so they can be share. Ultimately, Julie's work focuses the viewer on relationships in the world around them.

Currently Julie is working full time as an artist, freelance designer and pinstriper. When not at her studio, Julie plays pool, wrenches on her classic Mustang, or pinstripes cars under the name "Junkyard Jules".

See an of Julie on Youtube.

Curriculum Vitae:

312 B.C.-present SmilingEyes Studio Detroit

Self - Employed Professional Studio Artist/Freelance Designer

Freelance Contract Jobs:

Restoration at The Henry Ford Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI
Autorama Exhibit Backdrop for Gene Winfield/Summit Racing, tours nationally, USA 2012 - present
Web Mistress Russell Industrial Center,Detroit, MI
Muralist Continental Bike Shop, Hazel Park, MI
Design Director Blooms Essentials, New York, NY
Graphic/Web Designer JR Group, Detroit, MI
Graphic Designer Urban Authentic Sportswear Los Angeles, CA
Graphic Designer River'sEdge Financial, Franklin, MI
Graphic/Web Designer Axlerod Trailers, LLC, Franklin, MI
Package Designer Ringmaster Rubbing Oil, Inc., Detroit, MI
Art Director/Photographer Orient Express, Shelby Twp., MI
Industrial Designer David Lilenfeld, PC, Peachtree, GA

Founded, organized and managed (formerly Hazel Park Art Fair) Fine Art Fair, 2011-present, Detroit, MI

2005 BBi, Inc, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Industrial Designer


09/01-05/05 Wayne State University Detroit, MI

*B.F.A. with major in Industrial Design

* Graduated Cum Laude with G.P.A. of 3.5

* Named to Dean's List with G.P.A. of 4.0

* Accepted to Gold Key National Honor Society 2001

Lawrence Institute of Technology Southfield, MI

*Undergraduate Architecture DegreeProgram

* Drafting skills / blueprints

* Produced scale appearance models

Professional Affiliations

IDSA, Detroit By Design, National Gold Key Honor Society, President of Lincoln Homeowners Society.


Johanson Charles, "Hope inDespair: Detroit", Detroit, MI 5/08/2009-5/1/2009

Tangent Gallery, "Damned",Detroit, MI10/30&31/2008

River's Edge Gallery, "Primping,Pinups,Paintings and Ceramics", Wyandotte, MI,9/19/2008-11/15/2008

State of the Art, "The Art of Women by Women", Ferndale, MI 2008

Dirty Show, Detroit, MI 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008

Johanson Charles, "Primping",Detroit, MI, 05/05/2007 - 06/11/2007

Gallery 555, Detroit, MI, 01-02/2005

Natural Canvas Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI,01/23/2005-02/18/2005

Johanson Charles, "Television",Detroit,MI, 03/07/2003-03/31/2003 and 05/03/2002-5/24/2002

Fanclub Foundation for the Arts, "Caliente Tres", Pontiac, MI, part of GirleeDetroit Girlee Collective Exhibition, also *curated by Fournier, 08/24/2001

C-Pop Artist's Garden Party at HarmoniePark, Detroit, MI, 08/15/2001

Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, Paintin' in the Streets invitational exhibition,06/29/2001 - 07/29/2001

Maniscalco Gallery, Grosse Pointe, MI, part of Girlee Detroit Collectiveshow,03/27/2001 - 04/27/2001

C-Pop, Detroit, MI, Mosaic as part of Slaw show, 03/2001

Snug Gallery, Detroit, MI, 12/01/2000-01/29/20001

Pygmalion and Galatea Artisans Gallery,Toronto, Ontario, 10/14/2000-/04/2000

C-Pop Artist's Garden Party at the Whitney, Detroit, MI, 07/6/2000 - 07/07/2000

Majestic Cafe, Detroit, MI, 06/01/2000 - 07/3/2000

Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI, 04/17/2000 - 05/11/2000

Wyland Gallery, Birmingham, MI, 06/1/1999 - 06/30/1999

Art Fairs

Arts Beats & Eats, Pontiac, MI

People's Arts Festival, Detroit, MI

Wyandotte Art Festival, Wyandotte, MI

Ferndale Art Festival, Ferndale, MI

Berkely Art Festival, Berkely, MI

Hamtramck Art Festival, Hamtramck, MI

Dally in The Alley, Detroit, MI

Fourth Street Art Fair, Detroit, MI

Jazzin on Jefferson, Detroit, MI

Venice Art Fair, St. Claire Shores, MI

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