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.
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
© Tim McMonagle
Shown in 1 exhibition
The difference between you and me, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Parkville, 06 Aug 2005–16 Oct 2005
Referenced in 1 publication
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