Jule Korneffel

Jule Korneffel’s abstract paintings focus on the application of color and feature minimalist mark-making over a visible underpainting. She views this process of layering the picture plane as a filter for her experience as she arrives at the precise forms and colors for each work. Korneffel’s practice draws inspiration from both Italian Renaissance painters as well as the intuitive and open-layered style of the American tradition.


Jule Korneffel was born in Celle, Germany. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City in 2018. She studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany from 2003–2008.

Solo exhibitions of Korneffel’s work include: All that Kale at Claas Reiss Gallery in London, UK (2020-21); Mini Me Mary in Dialogue with Mary Heilmann at Albada Jelgersma in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2019); Here comes trouble at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York City (2019); Phase Patterns at ltd los angeles (with Jason Meadows) in Los Angeles, California (2019); But What About Me at Maldonado Projects (with Manuel Angeja) in Brooklyn, New York (2017); Against Interpretation at BBK/ Federal Association of Visual Artists Cologne (with B. Meyer-Ebrecht) in Cologne, Germany (2017); Cats And Dogs at University of Paderborn (with Alfons Knogl) in Paderborn, Germany (2017); Two Shot at Boutique/Gallery for Temporary Art (with Katinka Theis) in Cologne, Germany (2012); 5 Minutes de la Meta at Art Historical Institute Bonn in Bonn, Germany (2011); Play/Pause at Runde Ecke/Riesa Efau in Dresden, Germany (2011); and Zeit3 at Gallery Niels Dietrich in Cologne, Germany (2010). 

Group exhibitions that have shown Korneffel’s work include: Honoring the Dog-Legging Horizon at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York, NY (2021); WFH at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York City (2020); Try this at home at Albada Jelgersma in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2020); Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations at Berta and Carl Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College in New York City (2020); Leyline of Anticipation at Puppy American Publishing in the Bronx, New York (2020); Artists of the Gallery (Christmas Market) at Albada Jelgersma in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2019); If I go there, I won’t stay at ltd los angeles in Los Angeles, California (2018); Interstitial, at Hunter College Art Gallery in New York City (2018); Super Model Nein at Unisex Salon in Brooklyn, New York (2018); Sound Performance (with Jess W. Wheaton) at Hercules Art Studio Program in New York City (2017); Textures at New Woman Space in Brooklyn, New York (2017); Common Room at Lesley Heller Gallery in New York City (2016); Singing Material at Tyson Gallery in Cologne, Germany (2015); Shift Leverage Move at Curb Gallery in New York City (2015); Opening Show at Zusi Graham in Cologne, Germany (2013); Merkxs and Gwynne present: King Arthur Green Room at NADA in New York City (2013); Workshop Presentation at Autocenter in Berlin, Germany (2013); Porcher at Helpers Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2013); The Object Layer at GlasMoog in Cologne, Germany (2013); The Istanbul Issue at SUSI in Istanbul, Turkey (2011); Über den Geist in der Materie at GlasMoog in Cologne, Germany (2011); Trenddesign – wie bringe ich meine Arbeit in Einklang zu meinem Style? at GlasMoog in Cologne, Germany (2011); A Busy Day at SOX in Berlin, Germany (2010); and La Chance de la Table at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany (2008).

Selected projects by Korneffel include Everyone Come, Everyone Come at BOS/ studio space in Brooklyn, New York (2018); Domain of a Partial Function Helpers (with Sam Stewart) in Brooklyn, New York (2014); and SUSI/Zusi Graham, a Curatorial Art Project (with Alfons Knogl) funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Cologne, Germany (2009–15).

Korneffel was awarded the Kossak Travel Grant from Hunter College in New York City in 2015; the Studio Scholarship from the Cultural Department of Cologne, Germany in 2010–2015; and was the Masterstudent of Professor Tal R at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, Germany (2008).

Korneffel lives and works in New York City.