Julie Fragar

Untitled (Penny asleep), 2005
oil on canvas
60.0 x 40.0 cm
signed 'JF' (lower left)

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Art Galleries Schubert, Queensland
Private collection, Sydney

Julie Fragar is a Brisbane based artist, whose work is often biographical, engaging the viewer in a lighthearted game of interpretation where sensuously painted fragments of mystery, banality, casual sexuality, drama and tragedy offer significance for the taking. Using photographic source material, her paintings evolve into complex and multi-layered compositions. Wayne Tunnicliffe has said her work ‘incorporates a diaristic-style intimacy.’

‘She is interested in painterly artifice,’ explains Tunnicliffe. “Hers is a snapshot diaristic style and that is very now, so her work represents what is happening at the moment. I was interested in the way she uses photography to capture a snapshot and then how she translates that into paint. She has a broad knowledge of art history, especially realism.’ (P. Gibson, ‘Art Collector’, Issue 55, January - March 2011)

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Julie Fragar was born in Gosford, New South Wales in 1977 and lives and works in Brisbane, Queensland. She trained at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane where she is a current doctor of visual arts candidate.

In 2005 Fragar was awarded the ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award and in 2010 was featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney's annual Primavera exhibition of young Australian artists aged 35 years and under.

Important exhibitions for Fragar include 'Wilderness', Art Gallery of New South Wales 2010; 'Temperature 2: New', Brisbane Art Museum of Brisbane 2009 and, 'Optimism: Contemporary Australia', Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 2008.

Julie Fragar is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.