Julie Fragar

Julie Fragar

Julie Fragar (b. 1977) makes paintings about the stories we tell. Intensely biographical, her work toes the line between fiction and fact creating vast, vivid imagery that is the stuff of myth-making. Text paintings with pithy and often plaintiff declamations function in tandem with dramatic images, prompting tangential readings and critical speculation. Disparate imagery is often superimposed in complex, multi-layered compositions. In her intense studies of ostensible realities, Fragar alludes to the fallibility of facts and the cryptic potential of subject matter.

Fragar has exhibited nationally and internationally in major institutions. Her 2018 solo exhibition at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Next Witness, toured to the Supreme Court Library in 2019. Other notable exhibitions include The National: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, Sydney (2019); Ramsay Art Prize, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2017); and GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015). Her work is held in major public collections nationally including the Art Gallery of NSW; Art Gallery of South Australia; and the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane to name a few.

Selected works

    Exhibit 30: Post-Mortem Injury (Incise Wound)

    Julie Fragar

    Exhibit 30: Post-Mortem Injury (Incise Wound) 2018

    Lady Barron Falls Over

    Julie Fragar

    Lady Barron Falls Over 2021

    Mopping Up (Looking After Herself)

    Julie Fragar

    Mopping Up (Looking After Herself) 2021


    Julie Fragar

    Shhhhh 2020

    This is Not a Dress Rehearsal: A Catalogue of Final Options

    Julie Fragar

    This is Not a Dress Rehearsal: A Catalogue of Final Options 2019

    Father Takes Control, Father Goes Mad

    Julie Fragar

    Father Takes Control, Father Goes Mad 2014


  • Almost


    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021

  • Wash Your Face in Cold Water

    Julie Fragar

    Wash Your Face in Cold Water

    26 June - July 24, 2021



    John ArmlederSimon BarneyMaria CruzJulie FragarSarah MoscaOlivier MossetJonny NiescheGemma SmithJelena TeleckiOliver WagnerBrendan Van HekJan van der Ploeg

    25 November - December 19, 2020

  • Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020

    Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020

    Julie FragarSarah MoscaElizabeth PulieJelena TeleckiJustene Williams

    1 - October 31, 2020



    Julie FragarDavid HainesLucina LaneTodd McMillanElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiKoji RyuiGemma SmithTony SchwensenJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekJustene Williams

    1 - February 29, 2020

  • Silver Jubilee

    Silver Jubilee

    Julie FragarMatthys GerberTodd McMillanChristopher HanrahanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithJohn SpiteriBrendan Van Hek

    2 May - June 15, 2019

  • Group Show 39

    Group Show 39

    Julie FragarChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJohn NixonKoji RyuiGemma Smith

    18 January - February 19, 2019

  • Next Witness

    Julie Fragar

    Next Witness

    6 October - November 3, 2018

  • Trial Paintings: Life Narratives from the Supreme Court of Queensland

    Julie Fragar

    Trial Paintings: Life Narratives from the Supreme Court of Queensland

    15 March - April 13, 2017

  • little league

    little league

    Matt HinkleyJohn NixonJulie FragarJonny NiescheJohn SpiteriJohn NicholsonKoji RyuiMaria CruzGemma SmithHuseyin SamiTodd McMillanJan van der Ploeg

    19 January - February 4, 2017

  • Another Green World

    Another Green World

    Jamie NorthGemma SmithAndreas Reiter RaabeSandra SeligSarah MoscaMatthys GerberJack Lanagan DunbarJonny NiescheOlivier MossetMaria CruzKoji RyuiJulie FragarBrendan Van Hek

    4 August - September 3, 2016

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekEsther StewartJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJonathan ZawadaElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiMatthys GerberNicola SmithJohn NicholsonTodd McMillanJustin TrendallAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz West

    10 - September 12, 2015

  • Group Show 28

    Group Show 28

    Elizabeth PulieJulie FragarMatthys GerberSandra Selig

    26 March - April 18, 2015

  • New Paintings

    Julie Fragar

    New Paintings

    9 October - November 1, 2014

  • 20 200

    20 200

    Hany ArmaniousMatthys GerberJohn NixonMikala DwyerMaria CruzAnne-Marie MayA.D.S. Donaldson & Andreas ExnerSylvie FleuryKerrie PolinessJohn ArmlederOlivier MossetAndreas Reiter RaabeGail HastingsTony SchwensenPaul SaintGerold MillerDiena GeorgettiMelinda HarperRuark LewisJohn SpiteriJan van der PloegJulia GormanJames LynchDavid GriggsElizabeth NewmanRobert PulieSimon BarneyPeter W├╝thrichTim SilverMary TeagueHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar YanezElizabeth PulieStephen BramRose NolanKoji RyuiGemma SmithSimon DennyMatt HinkleyJohn NicholsonChristopher HanrahanJulie FragarJustin TrendallMoya McKennaRon AdamsSandra SeligJamie NorthTodd McMillanJonathan ZawadaJustene Williams

    13 March - April 17, 2014

  • Group Show 26

    Group Show 26

    Gemma SmithTodd McMillanJohn NixonJulie FragarAndreas Reiter RaabeJohn NicholsonMatt Hinkley

    12 September - October 5, 2013

  • Marathon Boxing and Dog Fights

    Julie Fragar

    Marathon Boxing and Dog Fights

    16 May - June 15, 2013

  • Masculin Feminin

    Masculin Feminin

    Sandra SeligJulie FragarMaria CruzGemma SmithMoya McKennaElizabeth PulieJustene WilliamsDiena Georgetti

    24 February - March 17, 2012

  • The Albatross and a Mountain Man

    Julie Fragar

    The Albatross and a Mountain Man

    18 November - December 17, 2011

  • O


    Andreas Reiter RaabeChristopher HanrahanDiena GeorgettiElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiJan van der PloegJohn NicholsonJohn NixonJonathan ZawadaJulie FragarMatt HinkleyRon Adams

    6 - July 30, 2011

  • B & W

    B & W

    Matthys GerberMatt HinkleyChristopher HanrahanSimon DennyJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJustin TrendallOlivier MossetMarco FusinatoReuben KeehanJohn NixonJan van der Ploeg

    11 June - July 10, 2010

  • The Oracles

    Julie Fragar

    The Oracles

    20 November - December 12, 2009

  • Dynamo Hum

    Dynamo Hum

    Christopher HanrahanKoji RyuiJulie FragarJustin TrendallGemma SmithHuseyin Sami

    26 June - July 25, 2009

  • Liar

    Julie Fragar


    15 April - May 17, 2008

  • New Moon

    New Moon

    Julie FragarChristopher HanrahanMatt HinkleyElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiJohn SpiteriGemma SmithJustin TrendallJonathan Zawada

    7 March - April 12, 2008

  • Matthys Gerber

    Matthys Gerber

    Paul DonaldJulie FragarMatthys GerberAlison McGregorHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar Yanez

    19 October - November 16, 2002