"As the years unfold, the work accumulates that Julius Friedman has created for the world. One thinks of the poster he made for the ballet, with the ballerina's pink slipper balanced on top of an egg. The meaning in this work, as all his work, is multi-layered. The tenuousness of the creative moment, the fragility of our attempt to go beyond our human limits, the beauty of the split-second performance, the leap into space are all contained in that image, as in many others, including his personal photographs.
What Julius has done is show us that our place is universal and that we co-exist with beauty of the highest nature. As an artist, he helps us renew our vision. His book designs, such as the one for Stephen Powell's glass-blown vessels, with glass as transparent as smoke going up in curls, gives the glass blower the credit for his skill and unbelievable alchemy of substance into airy flights.
Julius' most wonderful attribute is his generosity toward his fellow artists. He chooses well, and he remains intensely loyal in support of them. In his gallery, shared with his wife, Cheryl Chapman, he shows, publishes, and sells their work. He is an inspiration to the art world. His decision to remain in Kentucky is a gift to our region, where he is both creating and keeping a history of art." —Nana Lampton, artist, writer, and Chairman and CEO, Hardscuffle