1956 (age 61–62)|
Peoria, Illinois, United States
|Education||University of California, Santa Cruz; Yale University|
Julie Heffernan (born 1956 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American painter whose work has been described by the writer Rebecca Solnit as "a new kind of history painting"  and by The New Yorker as "ironic rococo surrealism with a social-satirical twist." Heffernan has been a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey since 1997. She currently lives in New York, New York.
Heffernan was raised in Northern California as a Catholic, which influenced the theme of figurative imagery in her works. Her imaginative landscapes feature such elements as exploding cities, castoff gods and garbage, and falling torrents of animals, meteors and gemstones. These elements reflect her view of the world after "calamities" such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill threaten to make it unlivable. Her pieces of artwork have a fantasy like feeling but has a metephorical meaning behind them talking about issues that are happening around the world during her time she is creating the piece of artwork.
Writing in The New York Sun, art critic David Cohen says of Heffernan's work in a 2007 exhibition: "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."
She is the recipient of many grants and fellowships including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a Fulbright-Hayes grant to West Berlin, and several awards from the National Academy Museum.
Her art pieces have been seen throughout the world. The art work is mainly all throughout the United States but in different countries such as Japan and France.
Heffernan has had 46 solo exhibitions since 1999 and was a nominee for the "Anonymous Was A Woman" award in 2016. Some of her paintings go for the upper tens of thousands of dollars when they are being sold.
- "Dandelion Clocks and Time Bombs," catalogue essay for the exhibition Sky is Falling, 2013
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