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