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Meghan Monaghan

Meghan is an emerging artist who lives and works in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD University in 2006, winning the prestigious OCAD Medal for Drawing and Painting. Scale is important to Meghan's work and she enjoys painting as large as possible, so murals have become a natural fit. She recently started a mural painting company, Kaleidoscope Murals (www.kaleidoscopemurals.com), where her work can be found in various homes and public spaces around the GTA. Meghan was a visual art teacher with the Peel District School Board for the past 7 years, but after juggling her career as a painter and as a teacher, she has decided to make art her main focus, and currently works full time out of her studio with AKIN Collective near Landsdowne and Dupont.


Artistic Statement

My paintings are based on the examination and inspection of natural forms; from plant life to rocks and minerals. I enjoy layering materials such as acrylic paint, oil pastel, oil bar and pencil. The variety in my materials results in a juxtaposition of techniques. Intricate line drawings, realism and raw mark making all exist simultaneously, resulting in abstraction that is rooted in the study of the natural world, and the beauty of the painting process. Working on a large scale is integral to my work. While painting I am physically immersed in the artwork and the process, and I find this to be a powerful experience. I strive to create spaces that can encompass the viewer and make them take a closer look. In my "Night Sky" mural (image attached) I created a semi-realistic version of the night sky, complete with the constellations seen in the North American sky during the summer months. I embellished this with flowing and colourful nebula to create mystery and interest in the final space.

Skills

Painting, Mixed Media


Artist Website

www.meghanmonaghan.ca

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