Monica Rohan

Monica Rohan

Monica Rohan creates intriguing self-portraits, depicting figures engulfed in their vivid settings and surrounds. Intricately detailed, her paintings and drawings are playful and narrative-driven, conveying her sense of imagination; in Rohan’s works, viewers can imagine taking cover under a pile of laundry or climbing walls filled with ivy.

Rohan's carefully composed paintings reveal a love of pattern, detail and colour. Her emotive patterns are drawn from everyday images such as foliage and clothing and suggest a psychological depth that often appears as a struggle or a surrender between the figures and their surrounds. The details in Rohan's paintings are all-consuming, pushed towards the limits of reality.

Rohan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from Queensland College of Art in 2010. She has since exhibited in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2016, Rohan was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize in her first attempt. Her work is held in private and public collections in Australia, including Artbank, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, the University of Queensland Art Museum, Mater Children’s Hospital and the Griffith University Collection.

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2019
Dobell Drawing Prize (finalist)
2018
Glover Prize (finalist)
Sunshine Coast Art Prize (finalist)
Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (highly commended)
2017
Sulman Prize (finalist)
2016
Archibald Prize (finalist)
Gold Award (finalist)
Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize (finalist)
2014
Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio, Tweed Regional Gallery
Redland Art Prize (finalist)
Moreton Bay Art Prize (finalist)
2012
Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (finalist)
James Kiwi Watercolour Prize (finalist)

COLLECTIONS
Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane
Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Private collections in Australia

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Monica Rohan Soft touch, 2018 oil on board 122 x 92 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Mute, 2018 oil on board 80 x 61 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Kitchen table, 2018 oil on board 92 x 122 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Maybe but probably not, 2018 oil on board 61 x 46 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Gum, 2018 oil on board 19 x 19.5 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Grey day, 2018 oil on board 61 x 46 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Criss cross, 2018 oil on board 122 x 92 cm Sold
Monica Rohan So it goes, 2018 oil on board 61 x 46 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Next door, 2020 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Flightless bird, 2018 oil on board 122 x 92 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Slight lean, 2018 oil on board 122 x 92 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Still here, 2018 oil on board 61 x 46 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Unphased, 2020 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Too tired, 2020 oil on board 41 x 31 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Spill, 2020 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Somewhere else, 2020 oil on board 120 x 90 cm Sold
Monica Rohan See through, 2020 oil on board 41 x 31 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Not quite, 2020 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Manoeuvre, 2020 oil on board 36 x 28 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Lucy's tree, 2020 oil on board 36 x 28 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Hesitate, 2020 oil on board 36 x 28 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Haze, 2020 oil on board 41 x 31 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Gully, 2020 oil on board 120 x 90 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Glide, 2020 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Crisp, 2020 oil on board 41 x 31 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Cliff, 2020 oil on board 120 x 90 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Bad idea, 2020 oil on board 60 x 45 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Anywhere else, 2020 oil on board 41 x 31 cm Sold
Monica Rohan All nerves, 2016 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Cold frizzle, 2016 oil on board 77 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Funny haha, 2016 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Floppy Sarah, 2016 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Funny peculiar, 2016 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan How Bridie sits, 2016 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Rambling, 2016 oil on board 80 x 180 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Rather not, 2016 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Red robin, 2015 oil on board 77 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Skulk, 2015 oil on board 77 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Wrench, 2015 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Flung, 2015 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Sarah in the undergrowth, 2015 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Stance, 2015 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Kate, awkward, 2015 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Straight-legged, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Turn me down, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Re-appear, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Polite decline, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Of course not, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Last glow, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Disappear, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Humming, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Again, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Bend, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Peak drag, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Sucked in, 2014 oil on board 60 x 77 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Sniff test, 2014 oil on board 60 x 77 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Head space, 2014 oil on board 60 x 77 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Pretty much as imagined, 2018 oil on board 80 x 61 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Split, 2018 oil on board 61 x 46 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Unavoidable, 2018 oil on board 61 x 92 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Straight up, 2018 oil on board 80 x 61 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Taciturn, 2018 oil on board 61 x 46 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Hold, 2018 oil on board 63.5 x 42 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Floor bored, 2020 oil on board 41 x 31 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Unshrinking, unthinking, 2019 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Yikes mountain, 2018 oil on board 80 x 61 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Hollow, 2018 oil on board 92 x 122 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Above the mess, 2015 oil on board 120 x 90 cm Sold
Monica Rohan Deliberating, 2015 oil on board 80 x 60 cm Sold