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The art of Julie Heffernan


Self Portrait as Booty (2007).

I hadn’t come across Julie Heffernan’s work before until examples turned up a few weeks ago on several different websites in the space of a few days. The picture above—a typical indicator of her current concerns—is featured on the cover of a new edition of Tin House, a collection of fantasy stories by women.

All Heffernan’s paintings are very detailed oil on canvas and no doubt look a lot better at a larger size. A book of these would be most welcome.


Self Portrait in the Bedroom (2003).

Three picture galleries at PPOW
An appraisal by David Cohen

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The fantastic art archive



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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau


    Her work is fantastic. It’s always great to find another artist one enjoys!

  2. #2 posted by Tim U


    This is great!

    Are you familiar with Gail Potocki‘s work?

  3. #3 posted by Pam


    Hey there:

    She is one of my absolute favorites. And she does have two books, or at least catalogs out that I know of: Everything That Rises, and Booty, both available through the PPOW Gallery.

  4. #4 posted by John


    Thanks Tim, not come across Gail Potocki before. Very curious work, I didn’t notice all the bees at first.

    Hi Pam. Your site was one of the places I referred to above where I spotted her work. I expected there’d be some catalogues available but I also expect it’s only a matter of time before she gets a book commission. There seems to be a greater level of interest in this kind of art than there has been for some time, possibly because a new generation of artists (like Ms Heffernan) have started to make their presence felt. The vogue for what’s been called Pop Surrealism shows that people are responding to (and creating) art that isn’t troubled by moribund ideas of what constitutes an avant garde.

  5. #5 posted by Rebecca


    She has some fascinating art work, my favourite has to be Moth to Flame.






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