Architect, painter, occasional animator and writer, born in Adelaide son of painters James V Wigley and Molly Burden. Julian held his first solo exhibition in 1972 at the Ewing Gallery, Melbourne University, showing drawings, sequential drawings, looped film projections and kinetic sculptures.
He pursued his interest in sequential drawings with the publication of pictorial chronicles of Northern Australia and political cartoons.
He has held several solo exhibitions including the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Niagara Galleries, Melbourne. He made several animated films using pastel, pencil and toner dust on paper. His interest in digital drawing started in the 1980’s when making 2 animated short films on an Amiga 2000. In 2009 his media savvy sons, Luke and Cass Wigley, introduced him to Brushes and finger-painting on iPods and iPhones.
Since then he has explored techniques to enable the consolidation of his drawing skills using digital and traditional image making in his work processes.
His works are included in private, public and institutional collections. The Various mediums used include pastel; ink, using pen and brush; graphite; collage; screen based multimedia; digital drawing and single state printing.
He ran an architectural practice with his partner, Barbara Wigley. Julian co-authored and illustrated a number of books on Aboriginal conditions in the Northern Territory with Barbara Wigley.
He continues to explore techniques combining his digital and traditional drawn images through handcrafted processes since closing the architectural practice in 2016.
Living in country Victoria.