Peter MonkmanArtist and Educator
Artist and Educator
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Born: 1964 Gloucester and brought up in County Durham.
Half Danish; spent informative summer holidays as a child experiencing contemporary Scandinavian art.Since winning the BP Portrait Award in 2009 with a depiction of his 12 year old daughter as ‘The Changeling’ Monkman has always been interested in how appearances can be captured revealing more complex notions of identity. This November Monkman had a solo show at the Lightbox in Woking which represented 10 years worth of Head Boys and Girls at a public school. As non-commissioned portraits, the series aimed to question how young people may be perceived within an institutional setting where the uniform acts as a signifier but the face reveal many more vulnerabilities. Similarly, within the portrait for nhs heroes, the pose, uniform and gaze reveal a more universal condition of kindness, resilience and determination; human qualities that currently are given status against a political backdrop of a struggling nhs.
More recently Monkman has been breaking down appearances in a portraits by exploring the abstract qualities of materials using layering to evoke another world beyond physical likeness.
Monkman has exhibited widely including the Watts Gallery, the Threadneedle Prize at the Mall and the Jerwood Drawing Award as well as being a regular feature in the BP Portrait Awards.
In June 2015 a major portrait commission by Monkman of Children’s author Julia Donaldson was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.
Current Director of Art Charterhouse since 2004
Portraits for NHS Heroes
Subject: Senior Sister, Sharon Stone
Original Artwork: 20 x 30cm, completed 12th May 2020. Oil on linen.
“Sharon Stone is a senior sister at Williton Hospital community and stroke rehabilitation unit. Sharon was nominated by Dr Clare Nettleton for her strong leadership and warmth. Sharon is pleased to be able to deliver the care that individuals deserve and do so with a sense of pride, and fulfilment. Despite huge challenges recently, she sees nursing as ‘the best job in the world’.
“In the portrait I wanted to create a pose and expression that best communicates a reflective determination and hope for the future.
“Sharon was thrilled by the portrait, which had extra resonance as she received it on 12th May, which is National Nurses Day. She said her dad would be ‘proud!’”Peter Monkman
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Judge – BP portrait Award 2015 Sanlam Portrait Award ,Cape Town SA 2016