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Degree: MA Art and Design
University: University of London
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On the judging panel for the BP Portrait Award 2015 and winner of the BP Portrait Award in 2009, Monkman is a distinguished emerging artist. His winning painting was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, entitled ‘Changeling 2’, it depicted his 12-year-old daughter on the cusp of adolescence. It was described as ‘compelling’ by the judges, and ‘incredibly bewitching and beguiling’ by journalist Charlotte Mullins. Monkman is currently Director of Art at Charterhouse having practiced as an artist and taught for over 20 years. He has recently exhibited at the Watts Gallery, the Threadneedle Prize at the Mall and the Jerwood Drawing Award as well as being a regular feature in the BP Portrait Awards.
In June 2015 a major portrait commission by Monkman of Children's Laurete Julia Donaldson was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.
I challenge the fixed notion of an idealized childhood and substitute it for a more unsettling complex representation that exists in its own right as a painting. More recently I have been breaking down appearances in a portrait by exploring the abstract quality of paint using layering and colour to evoke another world beyond physical likeness.
Competitions, Prizes & Awards
2009, BP Portrait Award (1st Prize), National Portrait Gallery, London
National Portrait Gallery permanent collection Julia Donaldson author and laureate.
2015 Solo show - Mallory Charterhouse Library
2013 Solo show Cadogan Contemporary London
2016 Wells Contemporary Art International Open art competition
2015 Love and Life Watts Gallery , Compton Surrey
2015 How The Light Gets In, Festival - Hay on Wye
2015 Charity Gala and auction National Portrait Gallery
2013 XIV Interfebep Gallery Portreta, Bosnia Hercegovina
2013 OCAS art exhibition Charterhouse
2011 CHASE charity exhibition RCA London
2011 Chelsea football club - Charity auction
2011 Auction, Opera House Samara, Russia
2011 OCAS art exhibition Charterhouse
2011 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Show, Mall galleries
2010 Works MUV Festival, Florence, Italy
2010 Works, Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Show, Mall Galleries, London
2010 Contemporary British Art, Millinery Gallery, London
2009 BP Portrait Award (1st Prize), National Portrait Gallery, London
2009 Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture, Mall Galleries, London
2009 Uncanny Likeness, OVADA , Oxford
2009 Depentendency – 10 International Artists, Isola della Certisa, 53rd Venice Biennal, Venice, Italy
2009 Works, Cadogan Contemporary, London
2008 Threadneedle Figurative Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2007 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London
2004 Future Face, Science Museum London
2003 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
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