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In my ever growing quest to find different and interesting artists and art I came across Julie Heffernan. And I am glad I did. Her work is simply terrific. It spans illustration and fine art well and can be utilized for both as far as I’m concerned.
Julie Heffernan (born 1956 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American Painter. David Cohen, art critic of The New York Sun, aptly describes Heffernan’s art: “These paintings are a hybrid of genres and styles, mixing allegory, portraiture, history painting, and still life, while in title they are all presented as self portraits.”
Heffernan was raised in Northern California and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B.F.A., at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in painting at the Yale School of Art. Heffernan is an Associate Professor of fine arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.
In her 2007 self-portrait series, Booty, Julie Heffernan painted herself dressed in creepy dresses made from dead animal carcasses. In this colorful collection of portraits, the artist presents herself draped in pompous dresses made of dead animal carcasses, flowers and fruits. Like Heffernan’s other art series, these bizarre-yet-beautiful paintings are a constant dilemma between the gorgeous and the grotesque, attraction and repulsion.