“Self Portrait with Several Tiny Homes” / Oil on canvas / 68×54″
Get ready for one AMAZING show everyone! This is Julie’s first big show in Los Angeles… DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW. I can not street this point enough.
From the gallery PR:
Heffernan’s theatrical and opulent canvases are a hybrid of genres, encompassing portraiture, surrealism and still life, amongst others; yet their Old Master quality goes beyond simple irony or quotation. The initial impact of Heffernan’s “self-portraits” recedes to allow the artist’s skill in her technique and the allure of the paintings’ beauty to emerge and entrance the viewer. Her works act as unexplained allegories of the imagination and indulgent guilty pleasures. Although Heffernan has refined the same subject matter for the better part of 15 years, her works feel particularly poignant today; their slightly ominous tone acting to forewarn, the sumptuous canvases both a talisman and a critique of brazen conspicuous consumption.
David Cohen, art critic of The New York Sun, aptly describes Heffernan’s art: “These paintings are a hybrid of genres and styles, mixing allegory, portraiture, history painting, and still life, while in title they are all presented as self portraits.”
Julie Heffernan “Self Portrait as Tap Root” / Oil on canvas / 82×56″
Julie Heffernan received her BFA from the University of California (Santa Cruz, CA) before going on to complete her MFA in painting at the Yale School of Art (New Haven, CT). Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has had major solo shows from coast to coast in the United States. She has been awarded numerous grants and her work is included in the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art (Richmond, VA), The Progressive Corporation and The Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), to name a few. Heffernan has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Modern Painters, and the New York Times. She lives and works in New York, NY. This will be her inaugural exhibition at the Mark Moore Gallery.
Sat, May 23rd
Mark Moore Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave in Bergamot Station / Space A-1
‘What Holds Up’ featuring new works from Julie Heffernan
(On view through July 3rd)