Julika Lackner


Julika Lackner is a painter living and working in Los Angeles, California. She was born in 1980 in Berlin, Germany. Julika Lackner holds an M.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in Painting (2006) and a B.A. from the University of California Santa Barbara in Art Studio (2001). 



Painting atmosphere and the palpability of air has always been at the root of Julika Lackner’s paintings.  First, it was in the form of artificial light in urban spaces and how that kind of light abstracts interior architectural spaces.  Then, her interests moved to how natural phenomena (night sky, clouds, and fog) obscure vision.  After that, Lackner examined the properties of aerial views where the topography as seen through the clouds fleshed out the invisible yet visible aspect of air. Then, Lackner distilled the natural phenomena of her previous work into abstract forms composed of horizontal and vertical bands of paint and silver leaf, color markings, diaphanous layering, and turbid spaces. The confluence of these abstract forms into new phases, where the traditional landscape is experienced without being directly represented, is at the core of Julika Lackner’s most recent works, “Spectral Phases”.


ESSAYS  about Julika Lackner's work: 

2013: "Julika Lackner's New Paintings" by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe (September)

2010: "Julika Lackner" by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe (September)  


born Berlin, Germany, 1980. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


2006-  M.F.A. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2001-  B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

2000-  Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

1998-  Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA



2013- Julika Lackner Major New Works- Paintings and Works on Paper, Mertens Fine Art, Montecito, CA        

2011- Julika Lackner, Plum Goods, Santa Barbara, CA

Julika Lackner, New Paintings: The Afloat Series, Arigato, Santa Barbara, CA              

2009- Transcendental Representations, The Faculty Club, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

2007- Up-Close and Distant, Mandarin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006- In the Deep, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Landscaping Ahead, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2005- Close Distances, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Moon Eggs, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA 



(Forthcoming) Fall 2017- Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Australia 

(Forthcoming) January 2017- Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA 

(Currently on view: Dec 2016) 100 Grand, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA

2106- East Meets West, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia

2016- OUTSIDE, curated by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012- Mertens Fine Art, Montecito, CA  

2011- Mertens Fine Art, Montecito, CA

100 Grand, Sullivan Goss- An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA  

Art And Air, Henry Clay Building, Louisville, KY (Curated by Rebecca Norton)

2009- 100 Grand, Sullivan Goss- An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA                 

2008- 10 Under 30, Sullivan Goss- An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA  

2002- Querschnitt 15, Querformat-b Verein für Kunst und Kultur, Berlin Germany 



2008 - William T. Colville Foundation Artist Grant




Your Ello Sunday Digest (Jan. 15, 2017) 

Lynn, Caron, "On Light, by Carson Lynn", Ello.com (Jan. 11, 2017) 


Gilbert-Rolfe, Jeremy. "Outside" Essay for the Exhibition "Outside" at MiM Gallery, Los Angeles (May 2016)


Goeman, Ulfert. "Benny Lackner Trio, Siskiyou" Jazz Podium (June 2015) p.68


Donelan, Charles. "Julika Lackner: Major New Works" at Alex Mertens Fine Art". Art Ltd. Magazine (Jan. 2014) 

Donelan, Charles. "Art Seen: Solar Metropolis, A Formal Affaire and Julika Lackner". The Santa Barbara Independent. (October 23, 2013) 

Minards, Richard. "Montecito Miscellany". Montecito Journal. (October 10, 2013) 


Schwyzer, Elizabeth. “Contemporary Art at CAF and Arigato Sushi; Art Seen Checks out Call for Entries; New Paintings by Julika Lackner” . The Santa Barbara Independent. (August 23, 2011) 


Woodard, Josef. “Looking Down Thinking Up- Julika Lackner presents look at urbanscapes as viewed from an air traveler’s perspective.” The Santa Barbara News Press Scene Magazine (March 27, 2009) p.6 

Jeno, Heather. “Freshness in Familiarity - Soaring Views”. The Santa Barbara Independent (March 12, 2009), p.50

The Independent Staff. “Sky’s the Limit”. The Independent (March 5, 2009) p.39


Schwyzer, Elizabeth. “The Art of Now- Off-Axis Santa Barbara’s Second Contemporary Art Bienneal, Santa Barbara Independent (September 25, 2008) p.58


Binstock, Avital. “Art School Confidential”, Lifescapes Magazine, (November 2006), pp.60-66               


Querschnitt 15, Querformat-b, Verein für Kunst und Kultur, Berlin, Druckerei, Greike Gmbh (catalog)