We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

🛈 In line with NSW Health advice, the Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public. Stay updated on our social media.





Tim McMonagle

Australia, New Zealand

1971 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on linen
    180.0 x 180.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Dakota Corporation Pty Ltd 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Tim McMonagle

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tim McMonagle

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Tim McMonagle