Julie Keating has long been influenced by 17th century Dutch still life and its meticulous depiction of objects.
But her contemporary take is more than simply updating the objects depicted. Julie also addresses the compositional nature of still life, moving away from the complex, chaotic virtuoso performances characteristic of the Pronkstilleven. In her compositions, she aims to concentrate attention on the individual objects, often with an implied narrative: making the inanimate animate. And then there’s that aspect of Keating's work where even the beautiful can have a touch of sinister or that the innocent can have a dark side.
But, more recently, having moved out of Melbourne to live on a farm in the coastal region near to the Great Ocean Road, Keating finds herself unexpectedly inspired by the sheer beauty of nature and her natural surrounds.
Recent exhibitions include
2020 Conversations With Birds, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2019 Walhalla Winter, Tacit Galleries 2017 Shadowlands, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne 2015 Celluloid Dreamers, Tacit Contemporary 2014 Still, Tacit Contemporary 2006 So brave, so bold, so desolate..., Red Gallery, Melbourne 2005 The Art of Reversed Contact, Red Gallery
2021 TACIT Still Life Prize, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2020 Biblio-Art Prize, Blarney Books & Art, Port Fairy; 20, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; Milieu, The F Project, Warrnambool 2019 Curated selections, Peterborough Antiques & Art 2018 Small Works, The F Project; The Exquisite Palette, St Luke, Melbourne; Small Works: A Survey, Red Rock Regional Art Gallery, Cororooke 2017 The Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat 2016 Onefourfour, The Art Room, Melbourne; The Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat; Imago Mundi, Milan; Miniscule, Red Rock Regional Art Gallery 2014 The Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat; Waterbrook Art Prize, Sydney 2013 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW; The Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat; Lethbridge 10000 Prize, Brisbane; The Exquisite Palette, St Luke; Under A Grand II, David Rex-Livingston Gallery, Sydney 2012 Group, David Rex-Livingston Gallery 2011 On Childhood, Wishart Art Gallery, Port Fairy; Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour; The Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat; Conceit, Corangamarah Art Prize, Red Rock Regional Art Gallery; Lethbridge 10000 Prize, Brisbane; Biblio-Art Prize, Blarney Books & Art 2010 Network, Art Gallery of Ballarat; Belle Arti Prize, Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne