Julian Meagher's delicate oil paintings are often based around masculine rituals and symbols, such as disembodied heads of sporting heroes and old beer bottles found by divers in Sydney Harbour. Meagher's interest in both personal and collective inherited history including links to our national identity, is evident in much of his subject matter.
In his latest show 'Everybody talk in their sleep' Meagher celebrates the infamous goon bag, long ago seared into our national psyche almost as a rite of passage. Our memories lie trapped within the endless reflections and refractions of its surface. His paintings whimsically reference Warhol's Silver Clouds work, as well as Christo's wrappings as a form of revelation through concealment. Meagher states too that he has been disappointed by Sydney's recent lock out laws that have amputated much of the important late night cultural landscape of the city, his work 'Article 19' directly referencing our right to freedom of expression.
In 2009 and 2012 he was the recipient of the New Work Grant from the Australia Council of the Arts. He has been a finalist multiple times in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, the Salon des Refuses, the Metro Art Prize and the Blake Prize for Religious Art. He was been a finalist in the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Archibald Prize in 2014 and 2015, the Wynne Prize in 2015 and the Gold Award in 2016.