Self-portrait: Djeran 2006

Dowling, Julie

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appeared at
Strange Fruit: Testimony and Memory in Julie Dowling's Portraits
21 July 2007 - 14 October 2007
Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, VIC

Julie Dowling is a painter whose work has focussed mainly on the tradition of portraiture. Her cultural heritage as an Aboriginal Australian of Badimaya descent strongly impacts upon her subject matter. Dowling draws upon a wide range of sources within the traditions of European and Indigenous Australian painting. She combines social realism, Surrealism, sixties Pop Art, and motifs from contemporary Aboriginal painting, in her portraiture. Dowling’s art is influenced by the dot and circle motifs in the Papunya and Yuendumu traditions, the rock art of the Kimberley, and the graphic arts of the Torres Strait. The art of Frida Kahlo also directly influences her work.This exhibition is the first survey of this prominent artist, featuring over sixty works.