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Item Name: Print
Title: Olga's Dog
Maker: Julia Healy
Year: 1977
Country: Canadian
Materials: lithograph
Measurements: in frame: 96 cm x 69 cm; work: 76 cm x 56.5 cm
ID Number: ART 159
Legal Status: ART RENTAL


Extended Label Info: Olga’s Dog by Julia Healy is an artist-made lithographic print. The highly textured image features what appears to be the head of a stuffed toy or puppet made of striped cloth, posed against a striped background. The graphic, detailed lines and textures within the simplified silhouette have the obsessive and meditative qualities of a doodle. During her studies, Julia Healy was influenced by the Chicago Imagism movement of the early 1970s which drew on references outside of fine art, such as comics, cartoons, and popular culture. The Imagist artists often exhibited together in groups, such as Monster Roster (late 1950s), Hairy Who (1960s), and Nonplussed Some and False Image (1970s). In her subject matter, Healy often incorporates images and symbols from her travels, and from popular culture, including religion, news, and mass media. She combines drawings and cloth to create both two dimensional images and soft sculptures with simplified silhouettes and quirky, textured details; pieces are tactile, stuffed, quilted and often finished off with zits, bandages, hair, and buttons. Julia Schmitt Healy (1947—) was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. She studied at the University of Chicago and won a fellowship to Yale University Summer School of Music and Art in her third year. Healy earned a BFA and MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied under the Chicago Imagists Ray Yoshida and Whitney Halsted. After graduation, Healy moved to Africa, where she traveled and lived. Later, after touring Europe, she moved to Canada to live in Nova Scotia. In recent years, Healy has returned to live in the USA, dividing her time between a Manhattan apartment in the East Village and a house/studio in Port Jervis, New York. She teaches at Queensborough Community College in New York, and in her studio, “Art Studio On Main”. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is held in public and private collections, including the Queen’s Bedroom in Ottawa (Canada Council Art Bank). Healy was represented for many years by Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York and Chicago, and by Susan Whitney Gallery (now Nouveau Gallery) in Regina, Saskatchewan.