Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan
OCTOBER 20, 2013 – JANUARY 26, 2014
Julie Heffernan is known for painting resplendent fantasies centered on her self-portrait in various guises. She employs the refined technique, rich palette, and bountiful detail of historical European painting, but transforms this tradition into unexpected, seductive, and often anxious contemporary stories about self, society, and our imperiled environment.
Like the interpretation of dreams, what is familiar in Heffernan's oil paintings is also elusive. Large in concept and scale, each painting offers lavish twists and turns of narrative that draw us into the visual space of the painting, much as a movie pulls us into the imagined world of the filmmaker. Raised in San Francisco, Julie Heffernan maintains close ties to California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Yale University School of Art. Organized by the Palo Alto Art Center, this exhibition features 14 examples of Heffernan's grand storytelling from Northern California collections.
Julie Heffernan, Portrait of Boy with Growth, 2011. Oil on canvas. 77 1/4 x 66 in. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.
Julie Heffernan, Self-Portrait as Waterers, 2006/2012. Oil on canvas. 70 x 67 in. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.
Julie Heffernan, Self-Portrait with Animal Skirt, 2008. Oil on canvas. 24 x 20 in. Collection of Catharine Clark.
Julie Heffernan, Self-Portrait Moving Out, 2010. Oil on canvas. 54 x 78 in. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.