Falling in Love by Sharon Monagle, Acrylic and Pastel on Canvas
41 x 35
Acrylic and Pastel on Canvas
I aman abstract expressionist and figurative painter. I work predominantly with acrylic paint but also like to experiment with oils, pastels, ink and collage. Whilst historically I have used a limited palette I am now experimenting more confidently with colour.I like to paint fast, allowing the painting to declare itself as I go.
In my day to day life I am a medical practitioner, a role that allows me the privilege of sharing with people the highs and the lows that life has to offer.Through art I hope to better understand and to empathize with the human experience: our reactions to self, to others and to the world around us. It enables me to see beauty in the everyday and in imperfection.
I also use art to consider issues of importance to me:human rights, social justice, feminism.
In 2018 I undertook an international artist residency at Chateau d' Orquevaux in France where I worked on a series of paintings exploring female identity and its intersection with language.Many of the works from this period were exhibited in Melbourne in my "Falling Women" Exhibition.More recently, I was excited to be able to continue to explore the role of women in an exhibition held at No Vacancy Gallery titled: "Women, Working and Wandering."
I recently interviewed with the Artbank Roadshow in Canberra. Artbank is administered by the Federal Ministry for the Arts and acquires the works of living contemporary Australian artists.Whilst Artbank did not acquire any of my work on this occasion, it was a thrill to be invited to discuss my work, what motivates and inspires me and to show examples of my work. I will continue to work closely with Artbank.
My next exhibition will be held in October 2019 at Mulbury Gallery in Melbourne. On this occasion I will exhibit with the highlyaccomplished American artist(and fellow Orquevaux artist-in-residence) Toby Penney.
My paintings are held in private collections across Australia, in the UK, France, Canada and the USA. 3 of my paintings remain in the permanent collection at Chateau d' Orquevaux, France.