Julian Meagher’s (b. 1978, Australia) oil paintings evoke a sense of the sublime, filled with both beauty and terror in equal measure. They capture ephemeral and ever-changing moments that sit between reality and comprehension. “Even though these paintings are reductive, I think of them being about the space between absolutely everything. I want them to be a moment that spans all time… I want them to rest on the tipping point between light and dark, hope and despair”, describes Meagher.
Meagher has been a finalist in the Glover Prize 2019, Archibald Portrait Prize 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2021, the Wynne Prize 2015 and the Gold Award at Rockhampton Art Gallery 2016. He has also been a finalist multiple times in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Salon des Refuses, Metro Art Prize, Blake Prize for Religious Art and the RBS Emerging Artist Prize. He has exhibited extensively across Australia, Asia and America, and his work is included in numerous public collections including Artbank, Sydney; Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery; Bega Valley Regional Gallery; The Australian Catholic University Association; and The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.