Akin to Magical Realism, Julie Heffernan's lush self-portraiture utilizes a myriad of art historical references to present a sensual interior narrative, a self-allegory whose half- hidden political agenda is the literal background of the paintings. The dark, Grimm fairy tale-like undercurrent transforms her …

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Julie Heffernan’s oil-on-canvas compositions recall Pieter Brueghel and Hieronymous Bosch in their intricate detail and allegorical overtone. Richly pigmented and realistically rendered, her imagery is fantastical—cratered meteors, tiny decapitated heads, vine-tangled trees, creatures with glittering white teeth—combining to create bizarre worlds that look like illustrations of an imaginary cosmology. A professor of fine arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Heffernan has paintings in museums across the country and has exhibited everywhere from Tokyo to Paris to Kalamazoo.

Selected exhibitions
2020
SIT STILL: Self-Portraits in the Age of DistractionAnna Zorina Gallery
Julie Heffernan: HotheadsCatharine Clark Gallery
2016
Julie Heffernan, "Waters Rise"Catharine Clark Gallery
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Study for Self Portrait as Tree House, 2008-2012

Oil on Canvas
16 × 14 in
40.6 × 35.6 cm
Location
Los Angeles, Orange
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Akin to Magical Realism, Julie Heffernan's lush self-portraiture utilizes a myriad of art …

Medium
Signature
Signed Verso

Julie Heffernan’s oil-on-canvas compositions recall Pieter Brueghel and Hieronymous Bosch in their intricate detail and allegorical overtone. Richly pigmented and realistically rendered, her imagery is fantastical—cratered meteors, tiny decapitated heads, vine-tangled trees, creatures with glittering white teeth—combining to create bizarre worlds that look like illustrations of an imaginary cosmology. A professor of fine arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Heffernan has paintings in museums across the country and has exhibited everywhere from Tokyo to Paris to Kalamazoo.

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