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Julie Heffernan, "Self-Portrait After Galilee," 2018, oil on canvas, 68 x 60 in.

Figurative Art on View > “Hunter Gatherer” is a fine art show that marks Julie Heffernan’s eighth solo exhibition with PPOW Gallery and her first New York presentation in five years.

From the gallery:

With this exhibition, Heffernan continues her practice of bringing the viewer directly into contact with her interior world through a series of virtuosic self-portraits. Spanning three decades, Heffernan’s career can be viewed as chronicling an individual life; her early paintings describe youthfulness through ripe still lifes and fecund landscapes, while her later paintings suggest maturation through depictions of accumulation and loss.

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Julie Heffernan, “Self-Portrait with Trap,” 2018, oil on canvas, 68 x 66 in.

Compelled by the excess of images our contemporary world has access to, Heffernan, in her new series, unravels our cultural memory as it is captured in shared imagery and reveals how images ranging from Old Master paintings to advertisements, films stills, and pornography tell a story of the misogynistic power structure that determines our society’s behavior and definition of womanhood.

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Julie Heffernan, “Self-Portait with the Daughters,” 2018, oil on canvas, 79 x 56 in.
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Julie Heffernan, “Self-Portrait with Lock,” 2018, © Courtesy the artist and P·P·O·W, New York

In “Hunter Gatherer” Heffernan offers a path for reexamination and an opportunity to honor women who have been misrepresented or excluded from this visual history. This fine art exhibition is on view at PPOW (New York, New York) September 6 through October 6, 2018. For more information, please visit

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