Out West (detail) by Julie Bradley
e v o c a t i o n
21 August – 25 October 2020
Evocation. To call forth an image of a remembered place and time.
Julie Bradley creates images of the spiritual connection to land through distilling her experiences and creating abstract evocations where memories and emotions are made visible. While these works reference actual places that Bradley has moved through and spent time in, the work remains abstracted and holds for her the essence of that landscape.
Working with collaged Japanese papers, gouache washes and line, Bradley plays with illusions of space and the formal elements of the image to create multilayered works on paper. Each image could be interpreted as both vast open space or a tiny microcosm. They exemplify artist’s abiding love of composition and colour.
Julie draws her inspiration from the lived experience of the land and also from the written work often referencing passages of poems, songs or stories in her artwork title with words promotion clear images in her mind’s eye.
‘It does not surprise me that Julie Bradley found her stay at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in North West Mayo so inspiring and so rewarding. Located as it is on Ireland’s dramatic and majestic Wild Atlantic Way, in a region so redolent with Ireland’s ancient past, its distinctive Gaelic heritage and thriving artistic culture, combining to give any artist a truly inspirational experience.
From the stunning antiquity of the Stone Age Céide Fields to the warmth and glorious humanity of its Gaelic and modern Irish culture, every artist and person with an inquiring and open spirit could and should find in the region, its people and its environment a unique fountain of inspiration.
Julie has supped at this fountain and brought this inspiration to bear on her distinctive and engaging artwork, an artistic feast to savour, to enjoy and mull over in this land so far and yet in so many ways so near the green fields of Ireland. Enjoy the artistic feast/Bain taitneamh as an bhféasta ealaíona’
H.E. Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí
Ambassador of Ireland to Australia
About Julie Bradley
Julie Bradley works as a professional artist at the Australian National Capital Artist studios (ANCA) in Canberra. Her work has been represented in numerous selected prizes including Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Sunshine Coast Art Award and Rick Amor Drawing Prize. Julie won the Inner North Art prize in 2017 and in 2019 Julie was awarded the CAPO Fellowship and received Arts Activities funding from artsACT.
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, the Lu Rees Archive, Canberra Hospital, the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and the Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art in Ireland.