Currently showing at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Paddington is a recent collection of paintings by Queensland based artist, Julie Fragar. Entitled Liar, Fragar’s works include depictions of people in a multitude of scenarios. These include children at play, people appearing ambiguously alone and families enjoying each other’s company. Often her paintings include an overlapping of imagery, with the inclusion of thin outlines of figures which appear in other works within the series. Judging by the title of the exhibition, one could assume that these depicted people’s often contemplative expressions suggest that they are guilty of lying to themselves or those around them.
Fragar studied at Sydney College of the Arts, before later earning her doctorate in visual arts at Queensland College of Art. She has received various awards for her art practice including the 2005 ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award, The 2001 Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and the Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship. She has exhibited widely on a national scale within various solo and group exhibitions. Galleries her work has been displayed within include Mori Gallery Sydney, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney and Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane. Her work also belongs to permanent collections at Artbank, Gold Coast City Art Gallery and Ferrier Hodgson, Sydney.