Julie Dowling

“I like to explore the borders of taste and conformity. However, I definitely know that I use such colours to enact my own decolonisation process. I celebrate my identity as a First Nations’ artist, while being conscious of the profound impact that mass global culture has had upon my community and my family” Julie Dowling, Colour power: Aboriginal art post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2004 

 

Highly regarded Badimaya First Nation artist and activist Julie Dowling’s work is both personal and political. Drawing on a diverse range of artistic traditions, including Flemish and Renaissance portraiture, Orthodox Roman Catholic and Russian icons, Badimaya First Nation iconography and mural painting, Dowling’s poignant portraits bear witness to the past, both her family’s and more broadly.

Julie Dowling’s powerful work has gained attention throughout Australia and internationally. Her paintings can be found in every major public gallery collection in Australia, and are held in private collections nationally, as well as overseas. Dowling has exhibited extensively since her first solo show at Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth in 1995, most recently with her 2018 Art Gallery of WA solo exhibition Babanyu (Friends for Life).

Born in Subiaco, Western Australia, Julie Dowling grew up in both semi-rural and urban areas with her large Badimaya extended family. She gained a Diploma of Fine Art from Claremont School of Art in 1989, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Curtin University in 1992, an Associate Diploma in Visual Arts Management from Perth Metropolitan TAFE in 1995 and Honorary Doctorate in Literature (Honoris Causa) from Murdoch University in 2002.

Dowling’s work is held in important collections nationally and internationally including National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Nationally Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Museum of Western Australia, Perth; and Kelton Foundation, California, USA. She is the recipient of a number of grants and awards including: Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (finalist), 2013 & 2000; Archibald Portrait Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (finalist), 2013, 2002 & 2001; National New Media Award, Queensland Art Gallery (finalist), 2008 and Portia Geach Memorial Award (finalist), 2006 & 1995; as well as several Australia Council grants and fellowships.

Julie Dowling currently lives and works in Perth.

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Julie Dowling, Self Portrait: Gurugulaadyi - Glasses, 2014 acrylic, red ochre and plastic on canvas, 120.4 x 100cm, 17336

Self Portrait: Gurugulaadyi - Glasses, 2014
acrylic, red ochre and plastic on canvas
120.4 x 100cm
17336

Selected stock

Julie Dowling
Self Portrait: Gurugulaadyi - Glasses, 2014
acrylic, red ochre and plastic on canvas
120.4 x 100cm
17336

 

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