Dr Julie Fragar

Julie Fragar’s visual arts practice is centred on painting and its relationship to human subjects and authors.

In her early work Fragar focused on the relationship between painterly and autobiographical languages. In her PhD thesis Kissing the Toad: Marlene Dumas and Autobiography (2013), Fragar considered the role of authorship in Dumas’ work with reference to autobiographical studies. Fragar argued that visual arts criticism – comparatively speaking – lacks the nuanced conception of the author central to autobiography studies. Fragar also argued that this area of research could shed light, not only on Dumas’ work, but also on the work of other self-referential painters.

More recently Fragar’s work has turned toward biography. Her current project, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, addresses the migration of her ancestor, Antonio de Fraga, to Australia between 1850 and 1857 from the Azores Islands in Portugal. Fragar undertook research in 2014/15 in the Azores and is continuing to develop the project.  Several of these works will be exhibited at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in 2015 as part of an exhibition surveying contemporary Queensland Art.

Fragar completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) (1995-1999) and a Master of Visual Arts (2001- 2003) at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Her work has been included in major national exhibitions including: Wilderness: Balnaves Contemporary Painting at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; PV10 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Optimism at QAGOMA, Brisbane.

Her work is represented in major institutional collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and QAGOMA. She has been included in major national prizes including the Moran Art Prize, the Archibald Prize, the Gold Art Award and won both the Pine Rivers Art Award (2014) and the ABN Amro Emerging Artists Award (2005). Fragar has also been awarded an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (2014), Australia Council for the Arts Studio Residency (Barcelona, 2009), Griffith University Post-Graduate Research Scholarship (2006-2010) and a University of Sydney Post-Graduate Award (2001-2003). Fragar’s work is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery (Sydney) NKN Gallery (Melbourne) and Bruce Heiser Gallery (Brisbane).

2015 exhibitions of Fragar’s work include: Radical Romanticism at Crane Arts, Philadelphia; Between the Lines, University of Sydney; GOMA Q: Queensland Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane; Spring 1883 Art Fair with Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney; and a solo exhibition at NKN Gallery, Melbourne. 

More details of Dr Julie Fragar’s publications and research profile can be found on Griffith's Research Hub.


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