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Title

The butcher's table # 5

2007


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' [1].

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.

1. McMonagle quoted in Chris Beck, 'Accidental artist', The Age, 10th September 2005, p 7


Details


Date

2007


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on linen


Dimensions

84.0 x 83.1 cm stretcher; 85.6 x 85.7 x 5.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. verso on frame, black fibre-tipped pen "Tim McMonagle ... 2007".


Credit

Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

565.2018


Artist information

Tim McMonagle

Works in the collection

3