Artist: Julie Heffernan


Greetings beautiful people

I wanted to introduce some of you to a figurative artist who’s been around for while named Julie Heffernan.  Her work consist mostly of self portraits (in title only) painted in a contemporary rococo style.  Rococo (style of French painting in the 18th century for decoration and interior design). 

Her imaginary is stylized landscapes and highly detailed narratives that warrant a lengthy examination.  Please check out the accompanying  biography  below and additional images.


Julie Heffernan (born 1956 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American painter. David Cohen, art critic of The New York Sun, aptly describes Heffernan’s art: “These paintings are a hybrid of genres and styles, mixing allegory, portraiture, history painting, and still life, while in title they are all presented as self portraits.

Heffernan was raised in Northern California and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B.F.A., at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in painting at the Yale School of Art. Heffernan is an Associate Professor of fine arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

She is married to Jonathan Kalb, chair of the Theater Department at Hunter College and theater critic for The New York Times. Heffernan is the mother of two sons: Oliver, the eldest, and Sam.[4]


2 thoughts on “Artist: Julie Heffernan

  1. Karim says:

    OK, this is nice work, yes. However, I h-a-t-e Rococo : way too puffy/heavy/pretentious! Somebody needs to tell the French simple is beautiful 🙂 Last pic is my favorite though

    • I agree Karim, it was hard as hell to sit through art history and look at slide after slide of rococo. But Julie’s contemporary sensabilities, I believe, make these images pretty cool to look at.

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