Pete Monaghan | 4-5 April

Pete Monaghan | 4-5 April


Loosening the line.

 Beginning with representational drawing we will develop a move towards a freer and looser line through drawing exercises and identifying line qualities. We will look at techniques that help us transfer our line drawings into paintings whilst retaining the energy of a sketch. With a strong focus on composition we will talk about viewpoint, size, shape, form and pattern.

 We will work initially on cartridge or good quality drawing paper using ink and then move on to acrylic medium on board or canvas. 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.”