Julie Bradley is a professional artist working at the Australian National Capital Artists studios (ANCA) in Canberra, Australia. Her mixed media works on paper explore ideas of connectedness and express emotional states of being.
Originally trained as a printmaker at the Australian National University – Canberra School of Art – Julie also studied at the University of New South Wales where she received a graduate diploma in professional art studies.
Julie was a founding member of the redoubtable Studio One Print workshop in Canberra, where she worked as an atelier printer and printmaking and drawing tutor.
Julie has been selected for numerous artist residencies in Australia and in 2019 she will be the visiting fellow/artist in residence at the Ballinglen Art Foundation in County Mayo.
Work by Julie Bradley is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National University, Canberra Museum and Gallery, the University of Canberra Collection, Bundanon Trust, Calvary Hospital Birth Centre, Canberra Hospital, the Lu Rees Archive and the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. Works by Julie Bradley have also been represented in numerous selected national art prizes.
As well as working in her art practice for over 35 years, Julie has been an arts educator and has lecturered in various areas of visual arts including design, illustration, life drawing and printmaking at tertiary institutions including the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
About the Exhibition:
Through the mediums of collage and gouache, Julie Bradley has created a series of works on paper and a number of small folding artist books, which are responses to a longed for -imagined place. These artworks were made as she contemplated travelling west.
Australian artist Julie Bradley has visited the west of Ireland a number of times experiencing its wildness and primal energy which evokes in her a weightlessness and lightness of being. The expanses of sea and land have the effect of liberating the soul. Julie’s expectations and imaginings of living on the edge of the land on the west coast of County Mayo are the subject of these works.
In the folding books, Julie likens the images she has made to travelers tales only in a visual form. They remind her of relics and personal altars or icons that pilgrims once carried along with them, as they headed out on their adventures seeking redemption. Her little books will travel with her from Australia to the far west coast of Ireland–to and from. These books are like her fellow travelers, full of the expectations for the land they visit.
Simple elements of colour, shape and line suggest aspects of the land and sea and create a feeling or understanding which cannot be described with words alone.
Included in this exhibition is a frieze comprising of 6 works on paper panels, titled “Out West”. This artwork originally takes its inspiration from the far western plains of New South Wales and explores the overlay of meanings that can be found in any landscape-its story.
Here there are represented the tracks and paths of the first people, the shapes of paddocks as the land has been fenced and divided up, the patterns from the harvester and the remaining stubble and the colours of the late summer sunshine on the land.
Julie is grateful to the support of both the Ballinglen Art Foundation and Arts ACT for assistance in the production of works for this exhibition and also for providing this opportunity to undertake the Ballinglen fellowship here in Ireland.