Julie Bradley: Dark Fruit
According to Julie Bradley's own website, Julie Bradley is a professional artist working at the Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA) studios in Canberra. Her mixed media works on paper explore ideas of connectedness and express emotional states of being. In these works she is not only exploring the formal arrangement of shapes and playing with compositional elements but is also communicating the emotion derived from direct experiences of being in places and landscapes that move her in some way. Every place walked by the artist engenders an emotional response. This is translated into colour, shape and line, and the artworks tell the story of that place through the use of vibrant colour, organic and geometric shapes and composition.
Originally trained as a printmaker at the Australian National University – Canberra School of Art - she 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 2017 she was artist in residence at Hill End in Haefliger’s cottage and in 2019 she will be the visiting fellow at the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland, where she will also be holding a solo exhibition at the Galway City Gallery. Her work has been represented in selected art prizes including the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, the Sunshine Coast Art Award, the Rick Amor drawing prize, and was winner of the 2017 Inner North Art prize.
For over 35 years Julie has also been an arts educator and has lectured in areas of visual arts including design, illustration, life drawing and printmaking at many tertiary institutions including the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
Works by Julie Bradley are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National University, Canberra Museum and Gallery, the University of Canberra Art Collection, Bundanon Trust, Calvary Hospital Birth Centre, Canberra Hospital and the National Centre for Austlralian Children's Literature, NCACL.
The Work of Art
Dark Fruit is a mixed media drawing produced using gouache a coloured pencils. This small work depicts what seems to be a portrait face on an apple or similar fruit. As the title suggests, the work may reference temptation, the apple and original sin. It is an interesting work making quite a statement. The work was created in 1992 and is the sole example of Julie's work in the University's collection.