Project Description

Peter Monkman

Peter Monkman



About 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.

Educator – Current Director of Art Charterhouse since 2004

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

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



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

Solo Shows:

2019 Head Girl Head Boy Arts Fund Space, Lightbox, Woking

2018 Reinvention; work from the Slade ,Charterhouse

2015 Mallory Portraits, Library Charterhouse

2013 Changeling; new work Cadogan Contemporary London

2009 Paintings, Drawings and animations, Winchester College Angelus Gallery

2008 New work, Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey

Changing Face 2, Wellington College

Changing Face, Watts Gallery, Compton Surrey

2006 Drawings Studio Charterhouse

2004 Private State , Studio Charterhouse, Surrey

2003 Face Value; Wrenn portrait project, GALLERY@ wrenn Northants

2002 Face Value, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

2001 Channel Surfing, King’s Lynn Arts Centre

Alsager Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University

2000 Drawing on Time, Modern Art, Oxford

1998 Domestic Doodles Sackville Gallery, W1 London

1996 Between Painting and Photography, Bromham Mill, Bedford

Group Shows:

2020 Perception with CBPP, Cass Arts space, Islington

2017 OCAS Bermondsy, London

2017 Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize, Kings Place London.

2016 Behind the Mask, National Portrait Gallery

2015 – Let the light in, Hay-on-Wye philosophy and Music festival

2014 – Gala mystery post cards and auction National Portrait Gallery

2013 – Threadneedle Prize, London (also 2009 and 2008)

2011 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

2010 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

2007 Jerwood Drawing Prize Jerwood Space London with tour