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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.

William Monk (b. 1977 in Kingston upon Thames, UK) received his BA at Kingston University, London (UK) in 2000 and completed his studies at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (NL) 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. Monk’s work has been exhibited at Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL); Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (NL); GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) and New York (NL); Pace Gallery, London (UK); James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (US); Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US); Norwich University, Norwich (UK); PSL, Leeds (UK) and Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham, London (UK). His work can be found in the collections of the Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); Akzo Nobel Foundation, Amsterdam (NL); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (UK); Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL); ING Art Collection, Amsterdam (NL), and in many private collections.

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