Julie Fragar. The Single Bed 2017. Oil on board, 135 x 100 cm. Collection of Griffith University Art Museum. Purchased 2017. Courtesy the artist. Photography: Carl Warner.
The Tweed Regional Gallery is presenting Biograph by Julie Fragar, a Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Touring Exhibition, opening Friday 9 June.
Biograph is the first career survey of Julie Fragar’s work and maps more than 20 years of practice. The exhibition has been curated by Jonathan McBurnie and assembles key works made between 1998 and 2021, including some previously unexhibited.
Fragar’s unique language and remarkable aptitude as a painter blends intense studies of social politics with biographical detail and personal speculation into vivid figurative and textual imagery. She simultaneously chronicles and critically analyses her chosen subjects, often making paintings of those close to her and herself.
“We’re very excited to bring this exhibition to the region. Julie’s mix of biographical and autobiographical work allows us an insight not just into her practice but also into the intimate moments of her life which is something special to be part of,” said Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM.
Fragar brings a unique level of psychological enquiry to the activity of painting and her practice highlights the often slippery relationship between reality and fiction. Her careful process of selecting and editing fragments from disparate sources provides a sense of clarity to the glut and vastness of post-internet connection she expresses in her works.
The survey exhibition is arranged according to key ongoing themes for the artist, including biography, memory, identity and narrative.
“Julie’s works provide such rich layers of technique and composition that weave in different aspects of life we can all relate to. I know our audience will be eager to explore the collection of works on display,” Ms Muddiman said.
The major retrospective of Fragar’s distinctive style will tour between galleries in Queensland and NSW from February 2023 to December 2024, commencing at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery before travelling to the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Rockhampton Museum of Art.
Biograph officially opens to the public as part of the Gallery’s combined Winter opening celebrations on Friday 9 June. A special In Conversation session with artist Dr Julie Fragar and Rosemary Hawker, Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University, will be held prior to the opening. Booking details below.
Touring dates and venues
Julie Fragar: Biograph is a traveling exhibition produced by Townsville City Galleries and exhibited at:
University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery 1 March – 28 May 2023
Tweed Regional Gallery 9 June – 27 August 2023
Rockhampton Museum of Art 8 December 2023 – 3 March 2024
Public programsIn Conversation: Dr Julie Fragar & Rosemary Hawker | Friday 9 June | 5.15 pm | $8/$10
Join us for a very special In Conversation with award-winning artist Dr Julie Fragar and Rosemary Hawker, Adjunct Associate Professor, Griffith University.
Bookings essential at JFEF.eventbrite.com.au
Winter Opening Celebrations | Friday 9 June | 6-8 pm | Free
The Gallery welcomes you to the opening celebrations for Biograph Julie Fragar a Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Touring Exhibition; Keepsakes by regional artist Hilary Herrmann; and Heart Stones by regional artist Robin Saunders. Official opening at 6 pm for speeches at 6.30 pm. Light refreshments provided.
Bookings essential: winteropen23.eventbrite.com.au
Artist Feedback and Conversation Session with Julie Fragar | Friday 28 July | Two sessions available | $130
Join Dr Julie Fragar for a feedback and conversation session to reflect on your artwork, ideas and process. Perfect for art students, emerging artists, or artists who wish to develop a deeper understanding of their practice. Two sessions are available: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm or 1.30 – 4.30 pm.
Bookings essential note2self.eventbrite.com.au
Julie Fragar. Polygraph 2010. Oil on board, 180 x 120 cm. Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist.
Keepsakes by Hilary Herrmann is a Tweed Regional Gallery initiative. Hilary Herrmann is represented by Otomys, A-K Bellinger Gallery, and Grainger Gallery.
Heart Stones by Robin Saunders is a Tweed Regional Gallery initiative and an outcome of the PLATFORM Program.
Biograph Julie Fragar is a Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Touring Exhibition. Curated by Jonathan McBurnie.
Photo 1: Julie Fragar - The Single Bed 2017CAPTION: Julie Fragar. The Single Bed 2017. Oil on board, 135 x 100 cm. Collection of Griffith University Art Museum. Purchased 2017. Courtesy the artist. Photography: Carl Warner.
Photo 2: Julie Fragar. Polygraph 2010CAPTION: Julie Fragar. Polygraph 2010. Oil on board, 180 x 120 cm. Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist.
Photo 3: Perc TuckerCAPTION: Biograph Julie Fragar is a Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Touring Exhibition. Curated by Jonathan McBurnie.
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