William Monk 1977

Lives in New York (US). Works in New York (US).
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William Monk’s scenographic works tap into the rich tradition of painting. Monk paints enigmatic and vibrant works, using starkly divisional compositions and often works in extensive series that gradually evolve over time. The canvases carry irregular intensities of detail, line, foreground and background, a sense of repetition breaks down the figuration, creating visual mantras. This rhythm happens throughout Monk’s work, surrendering figurative logic to arrive at something stranger and more powerful. Atmospheric and energetic, these paintings invite a more direct physical connection, drawing in the space between our inner and outer realms of experience.

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William Monk received his BA at Kingston University, London in 2000 and completed his studies at De Ateliers in Amsterdam in 2006. Monk was awarded the Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst (Royal Award for Painting) in 2005 and the Jerwood Contemporary Painters award in 2009. He recently moved to Brooklyn, NY where he currently lives and works. Monk’s work has been exhibited at Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (NL); Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (NL); GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL); James Cohan Gallery, New York (US); Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (US); Norwich University, Norwich (UK); PSL, Leeds and Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham, London (UK). His work can also be found in the collections of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (NL); AKZO Nobel, Amsterdam (NL); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (UK); Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL); ING, Amsterdam (NL), and in many private collections.

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Born in 1977 in Kingston upon Thames (UK) Lives and works in New York (US) Education 2004-2006 De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL) 1997-2000 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Kingston University (UK) Awards 2009 Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize (UK) 2005 Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst (Royal Award for Painting) (NL) Solo Exhibitions 2019 A Fool Through the Cloud, PACE, London (UK) 2017 Seven Leagues to Pompeii, GRIMM, New York (US) 2015 The Cloud is Growing in the Trees, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US) 2014 William Monk, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (US) 2013 Furthur Planetarium!, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) 2010 Winter Circus, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) 2009 CROPLAND, solo for GRIMM at Art Amsterdam (NL) 2008 Paintings, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) 2006 How to stop whining and start living, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL) Selected Group Exhibitions 2017 Miniatuur Museum, Wonderkamers, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague (NL) Frieze New York, GRIMM, New York, NY (US) 2016 Culture of Colors, Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL) 2015 The Hidden Picture, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (NL) 2014 Huidige Zaken, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) Heather Rowe, William Monk, Richard T. Walker, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (US) Facing Nature, Collectie De Heus-Zomer, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen (NL) 2013 Chambres des Canaux, The Tolerant Home, Amsterdam (NL) 2012 Gewoon schilderen, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague (NL) Recent British Painting, curated by Tom Morton, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) Jerwood Contemporary Painters Tour, Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham (UK) Jerwood Contemporary Painters Tour, Norwich University, Norwich (UK) 2011 OH CRISIS 2.0., Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam (NL) 2010 Conceptueel Reaslisme ING Collection, Kunsthal 52, Den Helder (NL) 2009 Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London; PSL, Leeds; Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham; Norwich University, Norwich (UK) 2007 Instead of Mashkov, recent acquisitions Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (NL) 2006 Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst 2006, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (NL) Vincent van Gogh and Expressionism, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Cropped, Figge von Rosen, Cologne (DE) Offspring, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL) 2005 Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst 2005, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (NL) Bibliography 2014 ‘Facing Nature’. Work from the De Heus – Zomer Collection, The Netherlands 2012 ‘Recent British Painting’. With contributions by Tom Morton and all 21 participating artists. Features full page images of selected works and installation views.ISBN 978-3-86442-037-5 2008 ‘William Monk – Paintings’. Text by Catherine Somze and interview by Dominic van den Boogard. ISBN – 978-90-813137-1-1 Selected Collections Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL) David Roberts Foundation, London (UK) De Heus-Zomer Collection, Barneveld (NL) De Nederlandsche Bank Collection, Amsterdam (NL) Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL) Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague (NL) ING Collection, Amsterdam (NL) ProWinko Collection, Amstelveen (NL) The finest Amsterdam Contemporary Art Collection ever…, Amsterdam (NL)