Julie Fragar makes paintings about the stories we tell, simultaneously chronicling and critically analysing her chosen subjects. Bringing a unique level of psychological enquiry to the activity of painting, Fragar’s practice brings into focus the slippery relationship between reality and fiction. Through her unique language and remarkable aptitude as a painter, Fragar blends intense studies of social politics with biographical detail and personal speculation into vivid figurative and textual imagery. Often superimposing fragments from disparate sources, Fragar’s is a careful process of selection, editing and obfuscation that interprets the glut and vastness of post-internet connection through her own experiences, memories and associations.
Biograph was the first career survey of Fragar’s work. Mapping more than twenty years of practice, the exhibition assembled key works made between 1998 and 2021, including some previously unexhibited. The survey was arranged according to key ongoing themes for the artist, including biography, memory, identity and narrative.
Julie Fragar in conversation with Rosemary Hawker
11am, Saturday 15 April 2023
Intended to aid Gallery patrons, teachers, and students in their interpretation of Julie Fragar: Biograph, this resource can be used as a means of encouraging individual and group responses to the art on display.