Julia deVille

Julia deVille

In the art of taxidermy gesture is paramount, hence for jeweller and taxidermist Julia deVille the most considered aspect of creation is composing her subjects to find a balance between pathos, humour and dignified realism.

Arriving in Australia from New Zealand on the cusp of adulthood, deVille trained as a jeweller before her long hunt for a taxidermy mentorship was successful. Driven by a strong commitment to animal rights, deVille’s sculptural assemblages belie the heroic, trophy-hunting culture associated with mounting dead animals. In a form of gentle protest she combines precious gems and metals with antique ‘ready-mades’ to challenge our disregard for and consumption of both wild and domesticated fauna.

Drawing on Renaissance, Baroque and Victorian art and ideas, deVille creates contemporary ‘memento mori’ that raise our curiosity through the use of paradoxical processes and materials. While all deVille’s creatures have died a natural death, they live on as beautiful and compelling allegories, begging a reflection on our symbiotic but decidedly unequal relationship with the animal world and our cavalier disregard for mortality in general.

In 2011 deVille was commissioned by MONA to create a permanent installation. Her work Custard was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in 2012. In 2013 she was featured in the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now and in 2014, the Adelaide Biennial at the Art Gallery of South Australia, resulting in the acquisition of deVille’s Victorian Cat Mummy. In 2016 she won the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize and in 2017 she was awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. She exhibits regularly in Australia and internationally.

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2017
Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (winner)
2016
Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize (winner)
Deakin University Small Sculpture Award (finalist)
2015
Victorian Craft Award (finalist)
UQ National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize (finalist)
Deakin University Small Sculpture Award (finalist)
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (finalist)
Manning Art Prize (finalist)
2013
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (winner)
Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award (winner)
Wilson Art Award (finalist)
City of Hobart Art Prize (finalist)
2012
City of Hobart Art Prize (winner)
2011
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (Viewer’s Choice Award winner)
2010
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (Viewer’s Choice Award winner)
Creation Grant, Arts Victoria
2008
Creation Grant, Arts Victoria
New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2006
Presentation Grant, Arts Victoria
Creation Grant, Arts Victoria
2005
City of Hobart Art Prize (finalist)
Filippo Raphael Fresh Awards, Craft Victoria
New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

COLLECTIONS
Besen Collection, Melbourne
Hobart City Council, Hobart
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Private collections in Australia, New Zealand, France and China

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Julia deVille Kitten drawn hearse 2, 2010 kitten, black garnet beads, sterling silver, coque feathers, chain mail, glass case 83 x 30 x 15 cm $19,900.00
Julia deVille Mysterium Tremendum II: Hologram of Little Bat, 2018 holographic film, glass, wood, LED 14.5 x 15 x 34 cm $4,900.00
Julia deVille The freeing of a life form from the dark chrysalis of matter, 2018 fox, Akoya pearl, rubber, glass 110 x 75 x 13 cm $5,900.00
Julia deVille Neapolitan Bonbonaparte, 2013 chicks, onyx, antique silver spoon 28 x 11 x 10 cm $4,900.00
Julia deVille Mini Antoinette, 2015 mouse, black diamonds 0.31ct, antique French jewel box, glass case 22 x 20 x 16 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille Orpheus, 2014 rat, hematite, uncut diamonds, sterling silver, mystic spinel, egret feathers, leather, glass case 25 x 22 x 28 cm $6,900.00
Julia deVille Dark Heart Mobile, 2014 starling, onyx, freeze-dried hearts, sterling silver, pearls, oak branches, quail eggs, uncut diamonds 60 x 25 x 40 cm $9,900.00
Julia deVille Camellia sinensis, 2012 Red-browed Finch, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, antique teapot 20 x 11 x 14 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille Nevermore, 2010 still-born fawn, black garnet beads, sterling silver, coque feathers, chain mail, glass 27 x 41 x 59 cm $13,900.00
Julia deVille Something wicked comes this way, 2018 adolescent zebra, black diamonds 6.4ct, uncut diamonds 75ct, cultured pearls, sterling silver, 18ct white gold, white rhodium, black rhodium, bronze, silver nitrate 142 x 54 x 212 cm $145,000.00
Julia deVille The folly of the second law of thermodynamics, 2018 fox, sterling silver, gold plate, 18ct gold, 9ct gold, rose cut champagne diamonds 3.33ct, champagne diamond beads 20ct, chainmail, feathers, satin ribbon, walnut, glass 111 x 15 x 70 cm $44,000.00
Julia deVille Majesty, 2012 146 x 200 x 89 cm $49,000.00
Julia deVille Lamentation, 2012 lamb, rubies 0.45ct, uncut diamonds 2ct, silver plate platter, glass, sterling silver, enamel paint 76 x 46 x 9 cm $14,900.00
Julia deVille Rocking Alpaca, 2014 baby alpaca, sterling silver, white rhodium, black rhodium, 18ct white gold, antique pearls, chainmail, ostrich feathers, cockerel feathers, glass, oak, glass case 146 x 124 x 56 cm $59,900.00
Julia deVille Cookies & Cream, 2014 chick, onyx, antique ice cream scoop, glass case 41 x 21 x 14 cm Sold
Julia deVille Neophobia, 2014 rat, antique plate, rose cut black diamond 0.35ct, antique Victorian lace, glass case 40 x 40 x 14 cm $5,900.00
Julia deVille Cornflower II, 2014 stillborn puppy, antique platter, sterling silver, hermatite, glass case 37 x 43 x 15 cm $7,900.00
Julia deVille Brown Caviar, 2014 baby rabbit, leather, hematite, mystic spinel, smoky quartz, sterling silver, gold plate, egret feathers, antique glass dome 33 x 20 x 9 cm $8,900.00
Julia deVille Nestle, 2014 baby mouse, black diamonds 0.16ct, antique jewellery box, antique lace, glass dome 17 x 7 x 7 cm Sold
Julia deVille Caesar, 2014 stillborn kitten, antique silver and ivory chariot, rose cut black diamond 0.80ct, uncut diamonds, glass case 56 x 23 x 21 cm $6,900.00
Julia deVille Rabbit Drawn Carriage, 2014 rabbit, black garnet, seed pearls, sterling silver, powdered diamonds, egret feathers, wood, glass 37 x 65 x 20 cm $23,000.00
Julia deVille Feed, 2014 two mice, black diamonds 0.18ct, antique spoon, glass case 30 x 20 x 14 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille Ostara, 1993/2014 porcelain doll made by the artist at age 11, sterling silver, gold plate, rubies 0.14ct, antique Victorian christening gown, bloomers from artist's Little Red Riding Hood doll, spun polyester, linen 66 x 20 x 10 cm $17,900.00
Julia deVille Phantasmagoria, 2014 white and brown rat, 2.01ct black spinel, uncut diamond granules, antique lace, glass case, wood 34 x 32 x 17 cm $5,900.00
Julia deVille Hush, 2014 piglet, hematite, antique lace, antique doll's pram 48 x 45 x 28 cm Sold
Julia deVille Pegasus and the Firetail, 2014 antique Wedgewood black basalt vase, Diamond Firetail finch, black diamonds 0.18ct, glass case 28 x 21 x 21 cm $3,300.00
Julia deVille Neopolitan, 2014 chicks, onyx, antique ice-cream scoop, glass case 29 x 8 x 10 cm Sold
Julia deVille Beatrix, 2014 rabbit, glass, cultured garnets 1.50ct, bespoke tuxedo jacket (Dormeuil 100% wool), antique high chair, Victorian baby boots, glass case 100 x 59 x 59 cm $9,900.00
Julia deVille Prophet, 2014 raven, black spinel 8.80ct, sterling silver, black rose cut diamonds, amethyst, black garnets $24,900.00
Julia deVille Pegasus, 2014 clydesdale head, 0.5kg sterling silver, gold plate, rubies 0.4ct, ostrich feathers, glass, fresco by Leslie Rice 148 x 83 x 355 cm
Julia deVille Fawnication, 2014 140 x 191 x 70 cm $39,900.00
Julia deVille Familiar, 2014 cat, uncut diamonds 4ct, black sapphire 1.23ct, sterling silver, black rhodium, glass, glass case 59 x 59 x 100 cm $13,900.00
Julia deVille The Dormouse, 2014 mouse, black diamonds 0.18ct, antique saucer, antique sterling silver spoon, glass case 32 x 32 x 13 cm Sold
Julia deVille Daisy, 2014 chick, onyx, antique jewellery box, glass dome 17 x 17 x 27 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille Cornflower, 2014 stillborn puppy, antique platter, sparrow wings, glass case 37 x 43 x 15 cm Sold
Julia deVille Milk, 2013 two rats, rose cut black diamonds 1.43ct, antique Wedgewood milk jug 13 x 13 x 8 cm Sold
Julia deVille Pandora, 2013 Rat, antique sterling silver urn, 0.34ct rose cut black diamond 8.5 x 7 x 7 cm Sold
Julia deVille Silence, 2013 still-born lamb, 9.37ct rubies, 18ct white gold, sterling silver, bronze, black rhodium, antique platter 47.5 x 63 x 41 cm $17,900.00
Julia deVille Into the river, 2013 stillborn puppies, hematite, sterling silver, black rhodium, antique platter 33 x 37 x 29 cm Sold
Julia deVille A la vanille, 2013 two chicks, onyx, antique ice cream scoop 7 x 28 x 8 cm Sold
Julia deVille Rat King, 2013 Rat, antique silver goblet, garnets 18 x 16 x 16 cm $4,900.00
Julia deVille Some animals are more equal than others, 2013 piglet, antique lace, 7 ct uncut diamonds, spinel, cubic zirconia, silver, glass, antique scales, bronze 32 x 40 x 40 cm $13,900.00
Julia deVille Neapolitan, 2013 Three dyed chicks, onyx, antique ice cream scoop 9 x 29 x 9 cm Sold
Julia deVille Agapornis Roseicollis, 2009 peach faced lovebird, jarrah, black garnets, egg shell, glitter and glass 17 x 8 x 8 cm Sold
Julia deVille Piglet, 2009 piglet, antique lace, pins and feathers 25 x 23 x 13 cm Sold
Julia deVille Stillborn angel, 2009 stillborn puppy, sparrow wings and sterling silver 13 x 10 x 5 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille Silver rook, 2008 sterling silver, rubies 30 x 25 x 35 cm $34,000.00
Julia deVille Ruby heart starling, 2008 starling, sterling silver, black rhodium & gold plate, rubies, antique frame 30 x 35 x 18 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille The Anatomy of a rabbit, 2009 rabbit, sterling silver, rubies, glitter and mahogany 30 x 30 x 30 cm $16,900.00
Julia deVille Leporidae mount, 2009 rabbit head, garnets, black garnet, sterling silver, petrified wood 17.5 x 12 x 8.5 cm $2,800.00
Julia deVille Bird or beast, 2010 ostrich skeleton, ostrich feathers, smoky quartz, sterling silver, leather and wood $32,000.00
Julia deVille Psychopomp, 2010 Australian forest raven, sterling silver, marcasite, black diamonds, glass 92 x 47 x 45 cm Sold
Julia deVille Nameless here for evermore I, 2010 emu egg, black garnet beads, sterling silver, bronze, enamel paint, egret feathers 31 x 16 x 16 cm Sold
Julia deVille Kitten drawn hearse, 2010 kitten, black garnet beads, sterling silver, egret feathers, wood, glass 83 x 30 x 15 cm Sold
Julia deVille Charon, 2010 kitten, hematite beads, mystic spinel beads, sterling silver, chain mail, glass 30 x 12 x 19 cm Sold
Julia deVille Psalm 74:19, 2010 turtledove, diamonds, black sapphires, 1869 antique bible 13 x 18 x 14 cm Sold
Julia deVille Orcus, 2010 stillborn piglet, diamonds, freshwater pearls, sterling silver, wood, glass 32 x 30 x 36 cm Sold
Julia deVille Prophet still, if bird or devil!', 2010 chicken, sterling silver, rubies, wood, glass 36 x 36 x 26 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille Cat mummy, 2012 cat, glass, linen, sterling silver and Victorian lace, cape, and baby boots 81 x 70 x 17 cm $15,900.00
Julia deVille Elan vital, 2012 61 x 41 x 29 cm $19,900.00
Julia deVille Vanilla, 2012 Chick, antique ice cream scoop, onyx 26 x 7 x 7 cm Sold
Julia deVille Genocide, 2012 various finches, rose cut black diamonds 1.39ct, antique sterling silver dish (320g 925) 33 x 17 x 18 cm $11,600.00
Julia deVille Peter, 2012 rabbit, antique sterling silver goblet (2.15g 925) 17 x 15 x 21 cm Sold
Julia deVille Sentience, 2012 Stillborn deer, rubies 18.45ct, pear cut garnet 0.76ct, 18ct white gold chain and wire, sterling silver, bronze, black rhodium, antique Wallace platter 49 x 49 x 15 cm Sold
Julia deVille Mishicanca, 2012 cat, black sapphires 20.24ct, copper saucepan 17 x 33 x 18 cm Sold
Julia deVille Gateau, 2012 Kitten, glass, antique cake stand 33 x 26 x 24 cm Sold
Julia deVille Couverts a salade, 2012 Blue-faced Parrot Finches, rose cut black diamonds 0.24ct, Antique Blackington Co. sterling silver enameled salad servers 10.5 x 17 x 25 cm Sold
Julia deVille Consciousness, 2012 Stillborn deer, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, leather, antique silver plate platter 61 x 36 x 26 cm Sold
Julia deVille Grief, 2012 Black lamb, Victorian baby boots, sterling silver, black rhodium plate, antique Tiffany & Co. platter, leather 48 x 38 x 35 cm Sold
Julia deVille Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 2012 diamond fire tail finch, bronze, black rhodium plate, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, rubies 0.48ct 11.5 x 10.5 x 6 cm $5,900.00
Julia deVille Sorrow, 2012 stillborn deer, glass, antique platter, rubies 0.35ct, enamel paint 56 x 35 x 15 cm $10,000.00
Julia deVille Berry Culliere, 2012 Star Finch, House Finch, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, antique berry spoon 24 x 11 x 5 cm Sold
Julia deVille The sacrifice, 2012 Hooded Siskin Finch, Wedgewood black basalt milk jug c.1920, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, uncut black diamonds 12.3ct 17.5 x 12 x 9 cm Sold
Julia deVille Quail, 2012 Quail, black sapphire, antique egg spoon 13 x 4 x 2 cm Sold
Julia deVille As Venus passes between the sun and earth, 2012 cat, glass and antique chauffe plate 31 x 49 x 36 cm $5,900.00
Julia deVille Aspalathus linearis, 2012 Red-browed Finch, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, antique teapot 20 x 15 x 10 cm $2,400.00
Julia deVille Crop milk 2, 2012 Parrot, glass, antique milk pail 18 x 17 x 28 cm Sold
Julia deVille Empathy, 2012 Sparrows, quails and other birds, antique dish, black sapphires 1.92ct 29 x 23 x 30 cm $4,400.00
Julia deVille Winter solstice, 2012 sparrows, Victorian copper cloche, star sapphires 1.10ct 29 x 38 x 32 cm $9,900.00
Julia deVille Egg hunt, 2012 chick, onyx, antique Royal Doulton 'duck hunt' baby plate, antique sterling silver eggcup & spoon (68g 925), rubies 1.56ct 12 x 23 x 19 cm $4,900.00
Julia deVille It's a wonderful life, 2012 340 x 70 x 35 cm $79,900.00
Julia deVille Lamington, 2012 lamb, glass, Edward VII sterling silver tray c. 1902 (4237g 925), pear cut garnet 1.20ct, rubies 4ct, uncut diamonds 1ct, leather, sterling silver 12 x 74 x 48 cm $39,000.00
Julia deVille Nest, 2012 mouse, rose cut black diamond 0.8ct, antique sterling silver handled Wallace berry spoon 46 x 20.5 x 11 cm $4,800.00
Julia deVille Liberty, 2012 Finch, metal cloche, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct 21 x 21 x 27 cm $3,600.00
Julia deVille Ice cream at Tiffany's, 2013 chicks, onyx, antique sterling silver Tiffany goblet, antique silver spoon, pink & yellow sapphires, tourmaline, smoky quartz 17 x 16 x 16 cm $6,900.00
Julia deVille Absconditus Corvus Frugilegus, 2009 jarrah, sterling silver, black garnets, cotton & amethyst 28 x 10 x 10 cm Sold
Julia deVille Black beauty, 2008 horse skull & flocking 47 x 35 x 25 cm $3,300.00
Julia deVille Down, 2012 Gosling, antique French silk pillow, black sapphires 2.12ct 27 x 17 x 14 cm Sold
Julia deVille Crop milk, 2012 Blue-faced Parrot Finch, rose cut black diamonds 0.23ct, antique milk jug 11 x 9 x 12 cm $1,600.00
Julia deVille Lenore, 2010 stillborn fawn, black garnet beads, sterling silver, gold plate, glass 35 x 17 x 12 cm Sold
Julia deVille Phlegyas, 2010 kitten, mystic spinel, pear shaped blue/black sapphire, sterling silver, egret feather and chain mail 36 x 29 x 14 cm Sold
Julia deVille L'enfant, 2009 ostrich egg, sterling silver, ostrich plumes and black garnet 35 x 12 x 12 cm Sold
Julia deVille Cat rug, 2009 cat, glitter & fibreglass 100 x 60 x 8 cm Sold
Julia deVille Sympathy [No. 2], 2011 budgie, sparrow skeleton and cigar box 13 x 24 x 13 cm Sold
Julia deVille Cinerarium, 2009 jarrah, sterling silver and glass 26 x 19 x 19 cm Sold
Julia deVille Kitten drawn hearse 2, 2010 kitten, black garnet beads, sterling silver, coque feathers, chain mail, glass case 83 x 30 x 15 cm $19,900.00
Julia deVille Mysterium Tremendum II: Hologram of Little Bat, 2018 holographic film, glass, wood, LED 14.5 x 15 x 34 cm $4,900.00
Julia deVille The freeing of a life form from the dark chrysalis of matter, 2018 fox, Akoya pearl, rubber, glass 110 x 75 x 13 cm $5,900.00
Julia deVille Neapolitan Bonbonaparte, 2013 chicks, onyx, antique silver spoon 28 x 11 x 10 cm $4,900.00
Julia deVille Mini Antoinette, 2015 mouse, black diamonds 0.31ct, antique French jewel box, glass case 22 x 20 x 16 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille Dark Heart Mobile, 2014 starling, onyx, freeze-dried hearts, sterling silver, pearls, oak branches, quail eggs, uncut diamonds 60 x 25 x 40 cm $9,900.00
Julia deVille Camellia sinensis, 2012 Red-browed Finch, rose cut black diamonds 0.16ct, antique teapot 20 x 11 x 14 cm $3,900.00
Julia deVille Nevermore, 2010 still-born fawn, black garnet beads, sterling silver, coque feathers, chain mail, glass 27 x 41 x 59 cm $13,900.00