Phylogeny Contemporary
Contemporary art gallery located in Seattle Washington with an emphasis on cultural commentary and surrealism.
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Julia Marchand

Born in Boston, and raised in Los Angeles, Julia Marchand developed a passion for travel and an interest in the arts at a young age. By the time she left home for college she had already visited six countries where she, along with her father, two siblings and artist mother visited every museum they could find. Marchand earned her BA in Art History from American University in Washington DC. During her time in DC she became politically active, lending her considerable energy to a variety of causes including gender equality and animal rights. She was involved in PeTA’s controversial and highly successful “I’d rather go naked than wear fur campaign” and has participated in protests from DC to Moscow, including marching au naturel in Tokyo. After college, Marchand established a successful commercial photography business shooting portraiture and documenting the LA music scene. Her images were featured in numerous independent and mainstream publications. She also spent time as an “El Vette,” singing back up vocals for El Vez, the Mexican Elvis. Yearning for a more personal means of creative expression, Marchand applied to, and was accepted by, the Fine Arts program at San Francisco Art Institute where she studied painting and drawing. There she developed her signature multi-layered faux naïve style and found new ways to communicate her concerns for the natural world through painting. She began exhibiting her paintings and works on paper, which have been shown in galleries and museums in London, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Mexico City. While raising her own children, Marchand became aware of her innate ability to develop educational experiences for young learners and help them develop their own artistic talents. She enrolled in Boston University and earned a Master’s degree in Arts Education. Julia Marchand currently lives in Alameda, CA where she splits her time between teaching, developing educational curriculum and her own active studio practice. She also continues to travel extensively with husband and two children. To date they have visited Thailand, Belize, Czech Republic, Hungary and the UK together with many more adventures planned for the future.

Julia Marchand


Julia Marchand believes the desire to reconcile the simultaneous connection and separation between humanity and nature is ancient, ubiquitous and inescapable. In her work, she references wildlife dioramas, public gardens, and personal experience to explore how that tenuous connection affects our personal and social identity and development. She studied painting at San Francisco Art Institute, holds a BA in Art History from American University in Washington DC and a Master’s degree in Art Education from Boston University. Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited in galleries in London, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Mexico City. Currently, she lives and works in Alameda, CA. 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Play Dead, Autobody Fine Art, Alameda, CA

2010 Stuffed Monkeys & Freeze Dried Fauna, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY

2008 Familiar, Perihelion Arts, Phoenix, AZ

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Interstitial Topography, Inkblot Gallery, Alameda, CA

2016 A Constellation, Phylogeny Contemporary, Seattle, WA

2015 Aqua Art Fair, Miami w/C. Emerson Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FLA

2014 Floralia, Model Citizens Studio, LA

2013 Littletopia, LA Art Show, LA

2012 Undertow, 3 Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY

Awakened,” AFA, New York, NY

artMRKT San Francisco with Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY

2011+1, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY

2010 GJWHF, auction to benefit the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, PPOW Gallery, NY

Draw, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

False Doors, Autobody Fine Art, Alameda, CA

2009 +2, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY

Draw, The Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008 Draw, Stolen Space Gallery, London, UK

BAG'O NEO: 21st Century Modernism, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Summer Salon, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY

Aqua Wynwood, Miami, FL with Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY

2007 Small Wonders 3, Pharmaka Art, LA

Virgin Mobile’s The RE Generation Gallery, New York, NY

Fertile Ground, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Draw, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX & Fuse Gallery, New York, NY

The Beholder’s Eye, Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY


Master of Arts, Art Education, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2016

Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 1998

Bachelor of Arts, Art History, American University, Washington DC,


“Surreal Habitats,” Alamedav Magazine 12/17

“Masked Kids and (Other) Creepy Primates,” Alameda Magazine 9/14

“Flora & Fauna with Julia Marchand,” Pattern Pulp, 10/10

Exhibition Picks, Clutter Magazine Online, 12/10

“BAG'O NEO: 21st Century Modernism,” Exhibition Catalog, 2008

“The Essential Baltimore Guide To Art Basel Miami” November 29, 2015