Sharon Monagle

Exhibitions

              The Belle Arti Art Prize 2016

Beaumaris Art Group members exhibition 2016

Linden Gallery Postcard show 2017

Cambridge Studio Gallery “Who’s looking at you” portrait exhibition 2017

Kingston Arts Centre's ArtzBlitz exhibition (annually since 2007)

MESAC Easel art exhibition 2017

              Contemporary Art Society A4 Art Australia Exhibition, Herring Island 2017

      “Meanderings in Visual Language”: Group Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne 

             2017

      “Landscapes Reflected and Represented,” Group exhibition, Brunswick St Gallery 

       2017

      “At Home”, Group Exhibition Birds Gallery High St Kew 2017

       AK Bellinger Gallery, Inverell, NSW 2017

             Cambridge Studio Gallery “Life Abstracted” abstract art exhibition 2017

             Le Studio Artspace, Mordialloc, Group Exhibition 2016 and 2017

             Solo exhibition, G3 Art space, Kingston Arts Centre “Nausea in my arm”   

             October 2017

             Group exhibition Le Studio ArtSpace Mordialloc 17-25 March 2018

             Sandy Beach Community Art Exhibition, 2018

             Hall and Wilcox art exhibition “Diversity” May 2018

             “Women, Science and Faith”, Group Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne 2018

             Featured Artist, Cambridge Studio Gallery Art Lounge, September 2018

            Solo exhibition “Falling Women,” Mulbury Gallery Highett, February 2019

            “Women, Working and Wandering,” Group Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, 

            July 2019


 Awards, Prizes and Media

2016  Runner up: James and Nicky Humphrey Encouragement award  (Highly Commended) at the Beaumaris Art Group Members exhibition

2017 Semi-finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery “Who’s looking at you” Portrait prize

2017 Semi-finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery “Life Abstracted” Abstract art prize

2017 Semi-finalist, Georges River Art Prize (Opens Nov 20, 2017)

2017 Finalist and Special Merit Award, Light Space and Time “Women Only” exhibition

2018 Semi-finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery “Who’s looking at you” Portrait prize

2018 Semi-finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery “Life Abstracted” Abstract art prize

2018 Named by Bluethumb gallery as one of Australia’s Top Ten Emerging Portrait Artists  

2018 Awarded Artist-in-Residence Grant, Chateau D’Orqueavaux, Champagne-Ardenne, France (2-30 November 2018)

2019 Feature article Bayside Leade

2019 Finalist, Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize

2019 Selected to interview with Artbank Roadshow, Canberra

Artist statement

I am  an abstract expressionist and figurative painter. I work predominantly with acrylic paint but also like to experiment with oils, pastels, ink and collage.   Whilst historically I have used a limited palette I am now experimenting more confidently with colour.  I like to paint fast, allowing the painting to declare itself as I go.

In my day to day life I am a medical practitioner, a role that allows me the privilege of sharing with people the highs and the lows that life has to offer.  Through art I hope to better understand and to empathise with the human experience: our reactions to self, to others and to the world around us. It enables me to see beauty in the everyday and in imperfection.

I also use art to consider issues of importance to me:  human rights, social justice, feminism.

In 2018 I undertook an international artist residency at Chateau d' Orquevaux in France where I worked on a series of paintings exploring female identity and its intersection with language.  Many of the works from this period were exhibited in Melbourne in my "Falling Women" Exhibition.  More recently, I was excited to be able to continue to explore the role of women in an exhibition held at No Vacancy Gallery titled: "Women, Working and Wandering."

I recently interviewed with the Artbank Roadshow in Canberra. Artbank is administered by the Federal Ministry for the Arts and acquires the works of living contemporary Australian artists.  Whilst Artbank did not acquire any of my work on this occasion, it was a thrill to be invited to discuss my work, what motivates and inspires me and to show examples of my work. I will continue to work closely with Artbank.

My next exhibition will be held in October 2019 at Mulbury Gallery in Melbourne. On this occasion I will exhibit with the highly  accomplished American artist  (and fellow Orquevaux artist-in-residence) Toby Penney. 

My paintings are held in private collections across Australia, in the UK, France, Canada and the USA. 3 of my paintings remain in the permanent collection at Chateau d' Orquevaux, France.

Stephanie Day