Acclaimed Irish artist Peter Monaghan to show in Dublin

Peter Monaghan
The exhibition will run until the 23th October.

Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin are delighted to announce solo exhibition ‘Fold’ by acclaimed Irish artist Peter Monaghan. The exhibition will open on Thursday 28th September at 6pm and will run until the 23th October at 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2.

Folding creates a structure of dynamic form. It draws complexity from simplicity. The act of breaking becomes formative as new patterns take shape. A square shifts before us, becoming something new. Folding brings back memories of childhood as we watch a rectangular piece of paper transform into an airplane or a newspaper becomes a costume hat.

Japan has long embraced folding as both an art form and an industry. Clothes and umbrellas are still made from paper; folded in such a manner to give new lines and shape to the design. It is considered both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Origami, first referenced in the 17th century, manages to play dual roles; one of a ceremonial, traditional art form, the other of industrial, mathematical progress.

Monaghan draws inspiration from these processes in his latest body of work. Fold showcases the dichotomy between two planes of the same shape. Front and back intertwined, each with its own personality and form.

The geometry of each turn and fold is refined and precise. The eye attunes to what you are looking at and you see its original form take shape once more. The playfulness of the idea is then apparent across the range of work; each piece a new take on a classic shape. Through the use of stark black and crisp white backgrounds the colours defining each fold are all that remains, the physical form being their most definite part. It is an evolution of Monaghan’s signature straight lines breaking against each other, colours in tandem as always – taking inspiration from history and science and creating forward-thinking, modern works.

A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Peter Monaghan has had his own graphic design business, worked as an art lecturer in the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and for the past decade produced distinctive, sought-after art pieces.

His previous work in graphic and industrial design won many awards, including several sponsored by the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design, the IDI and the European Design Annual. In 1983 he set up his own firm Monaghan Design and later became a partner in Creative Inputs, working with such clients as AIB, ESB, Jefferson Smurfit and the Office of Public Works. He also designed a number of catalogues for the National Gallery, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 1999 he finished working in design to concentrate full-time on painting and sculpture. Since then he has exhibited his work in many cities around the world including London, New York, Miami, Singapore, Brussels and Hong Kong. Monaghan’s work has also been chosen for display at the RHA annual exhibition regularly in the past decade.

Peter’s artwork won national recognition in 2010 when he won the Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Commissioned Artists as part of the National Allianz Business to Arts Awards.

His commissioned work can be seen in prestigious locations such as the V.I.P. Presidential Suite in Dublin Airport, the Gibson Hotel and the Beacon Clinic. He has produced large-scale installations for UCD’s recent scientific centre, The Marker hotel in collaboration with architectural firm Scott Tallon Walker and One Grand Parade in collaboration with architectural firm O.M.S.

His work is an exploration of the relationship between second and third dimension and the optical effects achieved through colour, shape and illusion.

“My work is the result of a disciplined research into the experience of looking- the experience of pure visual sensation and aesthetic pleasure. Simple forms and colours are used in repetition to engage the viewer. It is a dialogue about light, colour, movement and illusion; exploring the relationships and contrasts between painted flat surfaces, protruding spheres, cubes or geometric shapes. The work aims to evoke a response from the viewer.”

The movement involved in viewing the work engages the viewer and this participation links the viewer to the painter and completes the visual experience. “While I continue to draw inspiration from optical art and mid-twentieth century artists such as Joseph Albers, Victor Vaseraly and Bridget Reilly, my strongest influences are drawn from personal explorations inspired by colour, rhythm and compositional movements.”