Fiona McMonagle plays with the potential of acrylic – pushing it past traditional styles to create her own techniques, depicting unlikely subjects and continuing the flow of acrylic with digital animation. As an artist, what remains consistent is her embrace of the challenge, and it is this that sets her up to be as tenacious and intriguing as the subjects she portrays.

In 2015 Fiona McMonagle was the winner of UQ Art Museum’s National Self-Portrait Prize and in 2016, she was included in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object at the Art Gallery of South Australia. She has also been a recent finalist in both the Basil Sellers Art Prize (2016, 2014) and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper Prize (2016).

Her work is held in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Monash University Museum of Art, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Artbank and Maitland Regional Art Gallery.