Julia Clift is a Philadelphia-based artist and educator. While her different bodies of work have ranged over the years in subject matter and style, she consistently uses painting and drawing to analyze and raise questions about different aspects of contemporary America. Julia’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including Arnot Art Museum, Gross McCleaf Gallery, and Fleisher Art Memorial, and is held in the permanent collection of Wythe Hotel (Brooklyn, NY). She has taught painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Thomas Jefferson University. Her art criticism has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, BOMB, and Title Magazine.

Julia received her MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, in 2020. She received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and studied under the painter Odd Nerdrum from 2009-2010.


My recent paintings interpret contemporary American space as fractured and disorienting. They suggest a place falling apart into chaos, yet the work maintains a tone of playful reconstruction and possibility.


American Landscape

Julia Clift

Oil on canvas

60" x 72"




Julia Clift

Ink and watercolor on paper

15" x 24"