Julie Heffernan

from Julie Heffernan’s Constructions of Self

Julie Heffernan creates sensuous figurative painting, like co-Yale MFAS, John Currin and Linda Yuskavage, but her luminous oils are patently unique among them and most working artists today. A Victorian impetus to conjoin, edging toward pastiche, creates artfully staged Surrealist environments. They avoid the mawkish or macabre by virtue of an evocative 17th century Baroque styling and the dignity with which she handles her primary subject, herself. Good construction is essential to the success of such works, built of disparate things suggesting disparate philosophies and ages. Yet the finished product is seamless, making it easy for the viewer to willfully suspend disbelief in the face of rampant artifice. (EIL Review)

Julie Heffernan at P.P.O.W Gallery

Julie Heffernan at Catherine Clark Gallery

Thanks to Modern Art Obsession for finding this artist!

78 responses to “Julie Heffernan”

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  2. […] I just discovered Julie Heffernan’s work via the magic of StumbleUpon. The second image above is my favorite, but everything I’ve seen of hers is gorgeous and inspiring. I want to write a story about each and every work. You can find many more of her paintings at Escape into Life. […]

  3. neclavural says:

    my god…ı love your paintings…thanks to share w us

  4. Jessica says:

    A lot of these remind me to Marvell's, “To His Coy Mistress”
    “Let us roll all our strength, and all
    Our sweetness, up into one ball;
    And tear our pleasures with rough strife,
    Through the iron gates of life.”

  5. JAM says:

    gotta agree with @romanbold. when i saw it, i immediately thought hieronymus bosch. pretty awesome.

  6. Emily says:

    I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

  7. Edi Edson says:

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  8. Buga says:

    Reminds me of Remedios Varo, look her up, great artist. I love the colors and specially the first one!

  9. lethe says:

    Remedios Varo is featured on our site: http://www.escapeintolife.com/artist-watch/reme

  10. annieme says:

    Loved your work! I can take walks along the roads and paths and find something new at each turn.

  11. shivani says:

    love it!!! so amazingly creative!

  12. virtuous777akasheilajennings says:

    I can relate to your artistic flow and appreciate your eagerness to share it.how and how often does your creative juices lead you to become artistic this way? and when do you know definitely the time and how much time is equated to each assignment.

  13. lizlizlizlost says:

    hi, those are beautiful worlds located in a square: isles of art, I really love them: utopias, colors, onirical images,…

    One comment: I think the initial sentence “Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history” was said by Aristotle instead of Plato. Plato explicitly condemned poets and made the poets leave his imaginary republic. And, on the contrary, Aristotle said that poetry was more philosophical than history.


  14. kubi says:

    I love you mind Julie. keep creating 🙂

  15. stefanescuhenrycosminflorentin says:

    Congratulations for the work they deposit. The paintings are wonderful.

  16. Denise says:

    Incredible, beautiful, exotic! This art doesn’t resemble anything I’ve ever seen before, but then, I was born and raised on a farm in rural Ontario….

  17. Garcya says:

    Really awesome!

  18. melindamorrow says:

    She needs to publish a book of her work, and I must have it.

  19. Mike Cody says:

    Gee what can you say? Just incredible attention to detail, fantastic color. I love the way she doesn’t cop out on the detail, especially in the background. It just goes on and on forever.

  20. Amazing…and WHAT an imagination!

  21. mrplumberofrochdale says:

    That is without doubt one of the best things i have seen in my Life, Peothry in Motion, I love it, Keep up the good work and Thanks for sharing !

  22. acaruso3 says:

    truly amazing

  23. acaruso3 says:

    truly amazing!

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  25. Ian says:

    This is fantastic!
    It is true cruelty not to offer a high resolution link for each of these photos. I need to see those details!

  26. Wow! I'm looking around for surreal graphics concerning “The Harrowing of Hell.” Anyone know where I can find them?

  27. Poor Woman says:

    Visionary work! Breathtaking!

  28. bookmox says:

    amazing…. great paintings….

  29. freedomstudios says:

    Incredibly creative – very inspiring!

  30. Anthony Pittarelli says:

    kind of reminds me of dali for some reason, good job!

  31. martingage says:

    i know nothing about art….so on so on,but these are the language of fantasyand pleasing to my eye-eyes

  32. visionary, imaginative art

  33. georgesweeney says:

    Great art. Reminds my of both Escher, and Dali.

  34. ArtsyShark says:

    Luscious work! Reminds me of a combination of Bosch/Mark Ryden/Dali. Just fabulous detail! Would love to see more of this artist!

  35. reza says:

    a world wide of thought hidden among the pictures
    it was great

  36. reza says:

    you are right

  37. tatyanadelacroic says:


  38. GBCMagazine says:

    Great pictures. 🙂

  39. Tasap says:

    itz seems to be a Painting has a hidden story to tell..TRuely, Amazing!!!!!

  40. Alireza Sharafkhani says:

    …..They are very much close to what I have in my dreams…..but I can never re-imagine them.i
    I like them

  41. St3ph says:

    Outstanding Work!!

  42. David says:

    Really nice. I like this a lot.

  43. Nancy says:

    I can't believe how beautiful this art is i am grateful for your contribution into stubble upon

  44. Jan Thompson says:

    What amazing painting. I'm not sure why I'm draw to “busy” pieces that cause the viewer to stay and discover all the little pieces of the painting. I could sit and look at these pieces forever, drawn into Julie's world.

  45. Art-Ioanna says:

    Splendid work, all your work is amazing!!!!!

  46. Clair says:

    Wow! These are amazing!

  47. Chantal says:

    Amazing paintings, you could stare at them for hours and still not be done with it. So detailed.

  48. Gracelyn says:

    Absolutly Stunning. Im blown away.

  49. Olivia Maria says:

    stunning & inspirational ! ♥

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