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Peter Monkman





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.


Exhibition History

Solo Shows:


  • Head Girl Head Boy Arts Fund Space, Lightbox, Woking


  • Reinvention; work from the Slade ,Charterhouse


  • Mallory Portraits, Library Charterhouse


  • Changeling; new work Cadogan Contemporary London


  • Paintings, Drawings and animations, Winchester College Angelus Gallery


  • New work, Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey
  • Changing Face 2, Wellington College
  • Changing Face, Watts Gallery, Compton Surrey


  • Drawings Studio Charterhouse


  • Private State , Studio Charterhouse, Surrey


  • Face Value; Wrenn portrait project, GALLERY@ wrenn Northants


  • Face Value, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery


  • Channel Surfing, King’s Lynn Arts Centre
  • Alsager Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University


  • Drawing on Time, Modern Art, Oxford


  • Domestic Doodles Sackville Gallery, W1 London


  • Between Painting and Photography, Bromham Mill, Bedford

Group Shows:


  • Perception with CBPP, Cass Arts space, Islington


  • OCAS Bermondsy, London
  • Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize, Kings Place London


  • Behind the Mask, National Portrait Gallery


  • Let the light in, Hay-on-Wye philosophy and Music festival


  • Gala mystery post cards and auction National Portrait Gallery


  • Threadneedle Prize, London (also 2009 and 2008)


  • CHASE charity exhibition RCA London
  • Chelsea football club – Charity auction
  • XIV Interfebep Gallery Portreta, Bosnia Hercegovina.
  • Auction, Opera House Samara, Russia
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual show, Mall galleries


  • Depentendency,I sola della Certisa,Venice, 53rd Venice Biennale
  • MUV festival Florence
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Show Mall galleries
  • Contemporary British Art, Millinery Works Gallery
  • Uncanny likeness, OVADA , Oxford.
  • Cadogan Contemporary , London


  • Jerwood Drawing Prize Jerwood Space London with tour

Teaching Experience

Current Role

Current Director of Art Charterhouse since 2004

Research Interests


Portraits for NHS Heroes

Subject: Senior Sister, Sharon Stone

Original Artwork: 20 x 30cm, completed 12th May 2020. Oil on linen.

Artist Statement:

“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


Awards and Trophies
  • 2009 BP Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery 1st prize (also exhibited1999, 2001 and 2003)
  • 2001 Drawing Prize Eastern Open, Kings Lynn Arts Centre
  • 2000 Most Popular in Show It’s Your Turn Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
  • 1999, 1995, 1994 1st prize PEG Regional Open Peterborough Museum
  • 1996 2nd Prize national photographic competition Lauderdale House, London

Additional Information

Additional Information

Judge – BP portrait Award 2015 Sanlam Portrait Award ,Cape Town SA 2016

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