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JULIAN LAFFAN – 'Illuminated Artefacts' @ Beaver Galleries - 30 May - 16 June

BY Beaver Galleries | 24-May-2019
A new exhibition by Braidwood artist @Julian Laffan. 'Illuminated Artefacts' presents works which focus on the intimacy of interiors.  Julian creates unique works by directly colouring his hand-carved woodblocks with pencil, oil and gouache.  His works are a prolonged meditation on an individual moment, carved and suspended as an image in timber and beautifully executed. Visit @beavergalleries for further information. #beavergalleries #julianlaffan #beavergalleries
Venue: Beaver Galleries
Address: 81 Denison Street, Deakin, ACT, 2600
Date: 30 May - 16 June 2019
Time: Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm
Web: www.beavergalleries.com.au
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JULIAN LAFFAN
Julian Laffan - 'At the table', woodcut on birch ply, gouache, oil, pencil, 34.5 x 34.5cm (Beaver Galleries)
Julian Laffan is a printmaker who lives and works in Braidwood, NSW. He specialises in woodcuts and drawings, exploring themes of history and identity. Julian hand-carves his woodcuts and chooses not to print his blocks, instead creating unique works by directly colouring the woodblock with pencil and gouache. This is a conscious decision to reference the historical use of the woodcut for the dissemination of information and images. Each of Julian’s works thoughtfully transcribes his experience with this most recent series focusing on the intimacy of the interior. His pieces are a “reflection of place and time in a single captured moment carved and suspended as an image in timber”. Julian seeks to replace the instantaneous circulation of information and imagery, so common today, with prolonged meditation; a single tableaux documented through deliberate labour. Alluding to the illuminated manuscripts that were superseded by the invention of the printing press in the 15th Century, “these works return to the notion of hand coloured individual pieces, working in direct opposition to their potential as a matrix for the replicated image in this digital age.”

Julian Laffan graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) in 2004. He held his first solo exhibition the following year in 2005 and since then has exhibited frequently, particularly within the Canberra region. Julian has worked on cross-cultural print based projects in East Timor, Indonesia and the Thai-Burma border and travels regularly. His work is held in the collections of the Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Print Council of Australia.

For further information please visit www.beavergalleries.com.au