Julie Heffernan

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Self Portrait With Tree, 2015 / oil on canvas / 68 x 60 inches


Artist Biography

Akin to Magical Realism, Julie Heffernan's lush self-portraiture utilizes a myriad of art historical references to present a sensual interior narrative, a self-allegory whose half- hidden political agenda is the literal background of the paintings.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 aristocratic, operatic portraits into a contemporary vanitas or memento mori, acting as both a stylized fantasy and a Bosch-like warning.

Heffernan (b. 1956, Illinois) received her MFA from Yale School of Art (CT), and has been exhibiting widely for the past two decades. Selected exhibitions include those at The Korean Biennial (Korea), Weatherspoon Art Gallery (NC), Tampa Museum Of Art (FL), Knoxville Museum Of Art (TN), Columbia Museum Of Art (SC), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), The New Museum (NY), The Norton Museum (FL), The American Academy Of Arts And Letters (NY), Kohler Arts Center (WI), The Palmer Museum Of Art (PA), National Academy Of Art (NY), Mcnay Art Museum (TX), Herter Art Gallery (MA), Mint Museum (NC) and Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VA), Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OK) among numerous others. Her work has also been acquired by many of the institutions listed above. The artist is also a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.

For a full biography and curriculum vitae, please click the PDF download link below.


Julie Heffernan

Julie Heffernan

May 7 - Jun 13, 2015

Julie Heffernan

Julie Heffernan

Nov 3 - Dec 22, 2012



Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2011

Selected Press

The Bershire Edge - Julie Heffernan’s prophetic ‘World Without End’ at Simon’s Rock

art ltd. - Top Ten 2015

Art Pulse - Bonard's Other Avant Garde

White Hot Magazine - Julie Heffernan: Pre-Occupations

Artpulse Magazine - For The Love of Painting

Hi-Fructose - Julie Heffernan Exhibits Self Portraits in “Pre-Occupations

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life - Essays by 40 Working Artists by Sharon Louden

Hyperallergic - Beer with a Painter: Julie Heffernan

Artweek.LA - Julie Heffernan: Sky's Falling

Juxtapoz - Julie Heffernan Artist Profile

Fabrik - Exhibitions from Julie Heffernan and Jean-Pierre Roy at Mark Moore Gallery

Beautiful Decay - Julie Heffernan

Statements - MMG In-house Publication

Oklahoman - NEWSOK - Contemporary painter Julie Heffernan debuts first Oklahoma exhibition

Vogue Italy - Arcimbolodo's Eccentricity

The Morning News - Boy, O Boy

The Huffington Post - Julie Heffernan: "Boy, O Boy" at PPOW Chelsea

Time Out New York - Julie Heffernan, "Boy, O Boy"

Escape Into Life - Julie Heffernan's Constructions of Self

Art in America - Studio Visit : Julie Heffernan

Daily Beast - Julie Heffernan's Earthly Delights

ArtSlant - Julie Heffernan at Mark Moore Gallery

Citizen LA - Julie Heffernan (p)review

Modern Painters - Julie Heffernan at PPOW

The New York Sun - Beauty in Flesh and Fur

The New Yorker - Julie Heffernan

Art in America - Julie Heffernan at PPOW

The New York Sun - Gallery Going

The New Yorker - Goings on About Town

ARTnews - The Real Thing?

ARTnews - Julie Heffernan Review

Artforum - Julie Heffernan

NY Arts - Conversation with Julie Heffernan

The New Yorker - Julie Heffernan

Art in America - Julie Heffernan

The Village Voice - Voice Choices

The New York Times - Art in Review

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