Julie Bradley – evocation

Belconnen Arts Centre
Until 25 October 2020
10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday, closed public holidays.

Julie Bradley’s work in evocation is refined and elegant, mostly homage to Australian and Irish landscapes and the feelings they have left her with or that she has taken to them.

She works in collaged Japanese papers, gouache washes and line, and is often inspired by words from poems and songs as well as by the landscapes she visits. The layering is delicately wrought, but powerful in effect.

Barbie speaks to Julie Bradley about evocation

Some of the work in this exhibition is the product of a residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in North West Mayo. Located on Ireland’s dramatic and majestic Wild Atlantic Way, this is a region redolent of ‘Ireland’s ancient past, its distinctive Gaelic heritage and thriving artistic culture’.  (H.E. Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí, Ambassador of Ireland to Australia).

Others come from trips to the west of NSW, to Tasmania or to internal places of the heart. All the work breathes with the intensity of the elements – the cold, the heat, the wind and the crossed oceans.

Julie’s consummate control of line and shape convinces us that we are enfolded in stones or wheat fields, our faces touched by the breeze that moves the grasses.

These are intensely emotional works, whether in the expression of grief or of awe at the ancient, belying the elegance of their execution. The work thus demonstrates the capacity of an image to be both sleekly conceived and made whilst bristling with energy and intensity.

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.

Details at https://www.belcoarts.com.au/evocation/  COVID-19 safe conditions are in place at Belconnen Arts Centre.

Image courtesy BAC and the artist.