Julian Meagher is a 38 year old Sydney-based artist. Eleven years ago he left work as a medical doctor to paint full-time. He is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery - Sydney, Edwina Corlette Gallery - Brisbane, and is also a director of Chalk Horse Gallery in Sydney.
Meagher's oil paintings have a unique watercolour effect. His interest in the concept of both personal and inherited history, including links to our national identity, is evident in much of Meagher's subject matter.
In 2009 and 2012 he was the recipient of the New Work Grant from the Australia Council of the Arts. He has been finalist multiple times in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Salon des Refuses, Metro Art Prize, Blake Prize for Religious Art and the RBS Emerging Artist Prize. He was a finalist in the Archibald in 2014 and 2015, as well as the Wynne Prize in 2015. This year he was selected as a finalist in the Gold Award at Rockhampton Art Gallery.
He has exhibited at the Melbourne International Art Fair in 2010, 2012 and 2014, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair in 2010, Scope Miami in 2011 and 2012 and Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in 2013 and 2015.