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.
“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!’”
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
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
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