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Title

Plaza

2005


Artist

Tim McMonagle

Australia, New Zealand

1971 -


About

A significant aspect of Tim McMonagle's practice is that he paints directly onto linen - specifically a square stretcher. In sidestepping preliminary sketching McMonagle opens up opportunities for chance and experimentation, but also failure and starting over. In his own words: 'A lot of people have a complete idea of what the painting will be before they begin it...I don't, I let it grow on the canvas' (McMonagle quoted in Chris Beck, 'Accidental artist', The Age, 10th September 2005, p 7).

His subject matter is inspired not by life, but from memory, imagination and source material such as photographs. The resulting images are painterly - sketchy, impastoed, stained and dripped - and dream-like in quality, depicting people, places, and situations that, in tangent with their materiality, are visual prompts for us to engage with the subject matter. 'Plaza' 2005 depicts McMonagle and his girlfriend Felicity shaping clay in their studio, and is based off an earlier work by the artist.


Details


Date

2005


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on linen


Dimensions

180.0 x 180.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dakota Corporation Pty Ltd 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

170.2014


Artist information

Tim McMonagle

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Bala Starr, The difference between you and me, 'The difference between you and me', pg. 2, Parkville, 2005, 2, 19, back cover (colour illus.). cat.no. 20