Approved: 16.08.2006

Richard Monahan

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

“The repetitive occurrence of an incident does not guarantee that the same thing will happen again”
Francis Bacon (Philosopher)
My current body of work is titled: Wallpaper. The initial idea was to use a wallpaper design from the entrance hall to my childhood house as a compositional device for a series of large-scale drawings in paint.
The reason for choosing this particular wallpaper was clear.

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  • Location: Swansea, Wales
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Private commissions, Critical writing
 
 

Biography

“The repetitive occurrence of an incident does not guarantee that the same thing will happen again” Francis Bacon (Philosopher) My current body of work is titled: Wallpaper. The initial idea was to use a wallpaper design from the entrance hall to my childhood house as a compositional device for a series of large-scale drawings in paint. The reason for choosing this particular wallpaper was clear. It represented to me a world within a world, it was an escape from the mundane nature of living and provided a fairytale landscape in which one’s mind could wander and where the limits were only set by the extent of one’s imagination. There is a book by Charlotte Perkins Gilman titled: Yellow Wallpaper. In it the heroine is confined to her bedroom and grows increasingly infatuated with the old and dirty paper that surrounded her day and night. I began to wonder whether constant subjection to an image or pattern may influence the viewer. I started to draw out compositions based on this wallpaper. Changes to and the eventual obliteration of the design have meant that I have been able to use it as a peg upon which to hang ideas, to create stories throughout the pattern, and, most importantly, to present the idea that nothing is guaranteed not to change.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2007 - PhD Drawing, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea 2004 - Fine Art: Combined Media, SIHE, Swansea Solo exhibitions 2009 - The Little Men, Chapter, Cardiff 2009 - Wallpaper, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2006 - Richard Monahan - solo show of drawings and paintings, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin 2005 - 'Drawn' - an exhibition of paintings, mono-prints and drawings focusing on the self-portrait, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd, Swansea Group exhibitions 2012 - BEEP: International Painting Prize, Volcano in association with Elysium Gallery, Swansea 2012 - Mauger Modern Art, Hammersmith Affordable Arts Fair, \london 2011 - Jerwood Drawing Prize , Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen 2011 - Sublinear: 5 Perspectives in drawing, Elysium Gallery , Swansea 2010 - After the end..., Elysium Gallery, Swansea 2010 - Citizen, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff 2010 - Eisteddfod, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent 2009 - Overview, Elysium Artspace, Swansea 2008 - A Collection of Drawings, Mission Gallery, Swansea 2008 - RE:drawing, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2006 - 'House of Fogg' - group show with fellow members of HoF, Bath Fringe Festival, Unit 14, Shires Yard, Bath 2004 - Interactive Drawing - art exhibition/event where the public are invited to engage physically with the work, Exposure Gallery, Swansea 2004 - 'Mr. Strieca' - a short film about art, The Watershed, Bristol Degree shows 2004 - Degree Show, SIHE Artist talks 2011 - Drawing Conclusions, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea 2006 - "In conversation with Sue Williams", Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - Shortlisted for Eisteddfod Gold Medal, Eisteddfod 2010 Blaenau Gwent, Ebbw Vale 2010 - Welsh Artist of the Year -Drawing, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2009 - University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize, Millenium Centre, Cardiff 2008 - RE:drawing Prize, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2005 - Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Educational experience - tertiary 2011 - Fine Art Tutor, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea Publications 2012 - Drawing Conclusions, Journal of Visual Arts 2008 - RE:drawing