Pete Monaghan | 17-18 October

Pete Monaghan | 17-18 October


Contemporary still lifes - up close and personal

In this course “Contemporary still lifes - up close and personal” we will focus on still life and enquire what makes a still life contemporary. We will use simple, everyday objects as starting points, we will also delve into “found” and “accidental” still lifes with a strong emphasis on composition.

Working in acrylic/mixed media on board or canvas we'll use collage and simple print techniques and materials to initiate fresh ideas. The emphasis will be on exploratory and experimental work rather than finished pieces.

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About Pete

Pete Monaghan was born in 1961. He is a second generation Irish contemporary artist working from studios in Aberystwyth and southern Germany.
He holds an MA in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University where he presently tutors on the Lifelong Learning Programme.

Grounded in a solid drawing technique he works in acrylics on wood panel using crayons, markers, collage and spray paint. His subject matter is mainly vernacular architecture and he often retains portions of each painting as drawn elements reflecting the fragility and temporality of the structures. He considers his work part representation, part visceral interpretation.

“My work always begins with sketching on location. Subsequently re-drawing in the studio in order to interpret and understand. Only when I have drawn sufficiently do I feel the freedom to splash and pour paint, enticing abstraction, entering into a dialogue of controlling and letting go.”