Judy Horacek is a Melbourne-based artist, cartoonist, illustrator and author who is renowned for her witty and humorous interpretations of social and political issues. Judy’s classic cartoon screenprints highlight the absurdities in contemporary life, using humour to playfully invite the viewer to engage with popular ideas and debates in the arenas of feminism, environmentalism and self-identity. Judy’s fairy tale series explore the role of our imagination in creating fairy tale narratives from our own memories, while her photographic series of screenprints capture simple objects and moments in time, exploring the beauty of architectural features and ambiguous silhouettes. Her recent work explores our earliest ideas of humanity through a diverse range of mediums. Inspired by the ceramic forms and carvings of antiquity, Judy questions our understanding of rediscovered objects and how we interpret them today.
Judy Horacek graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours, majoring in Fine Arts and English Literature from Melbourne University in 1985. In 2005, Judy continued her studies with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual), majoring in Printmedia and Drawing from the Australian National University. Since 1995, Judy has worked as a cartoonist for several newspapers including the Canberra Times, The Australian and The Age, where she is published regularly. Nine collections of her cartoons have been published, the most recent of which is ‘Random Life’. Judy has also illustrated and authored several children’s picture books including ‘Yellow is my favourite colour’, and ‘The Story of Growl’. Inspired by one of Judy’s etchings, she and Mem Fox created the instant children’s classic ‘Where is the Green Sheep?’ and they have now collaborated on five books together. Judy has participated in over forty solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia.