13 – 16 September 2018
about the exhibition
Julian Laffan specialises in woodcuts and drawings, exploring themes of history and identity. He creates his unique works by hand-carving directly into the surface of the wood block illuminating the image through colouring with pencil, gouache, ink and oil. 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 carefully capture a moment in time with his most recent series inspired by travels.. Julian says of his work; “The images are graphic objects, meticulously hand-cut in timber, essentially functioning as meditations on particular moments. Each piece is hand-rendered in slow motion, the opposite of the instantly posted image of today.”
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 as well as the Print Council of Australia.