Late last year I was lucky enough to sit down with Archibald and Wynne Prize finalist Julian Meagher to discuss his new body of work for Edwina Corlette Gallery. In front of an audience of VIP clients, artists, collectors and curators, we discussed Julian’s childhood growing up in a large Sydney family, and the growing desire to understand his ancestors.
The show itself was a beautifully rendered portrait of a family and its tribulations, and incorporated both historical photos and his existing motifs of empty alcohol bottles and native Australian flora.
Here’s a little excerpt from the piece I wrote for Edwina Corlette Gallery. Follow the link to read the full essay…
“In Alone In The Sun, Julian expands on his previous examinations of ritualised masculinity and Australia’s drinking culture, looking to our white colonial past for answers to some of our most challenging contemporary problems. Continuing to question how much of his own identity has been shaped by our collective history, Meagher began dissecting the most pervasive and revered myths upon which our culture was founded – myths of bushmen, booze and the birth of a nation.” READ MORE