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Kellyann Monaghan
BROOKLYN, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: I explore as a painter landscapes, rural, urban and weather as a journey and stage for the drama of light, air, and movement. I attempt to see past the structured forms into the otherworldly qualities of the landscape. I am intrigued by the way light plays on natural configurations, energizing and describing turbulence. There is a mystery in the dynamics of light and atmosphere in contrast to the landscape structures. Stormy weather and extreme climate conditions permeating the natural landscape have become a recent trajectory in my painting. The surface of the paintings erupts with textured and expressive gestural marks, which are depictions of sweeping weather events. The weather is an instinctive inspiration for my tendencies as an alla prima painter. I find there to be an unsettling beauty in observing mother-nature in this painterly approach. My aim is to maintain an element of spontaneity and directness in the paint. A fluid and spontaneous quality in every paint stroke are very important to me. I primarily work all prima. I edit, emphasize and exaggerate structural and organic forms. The process allows for idiosyncratic and unexpected painterly qualities to occur. In my artistic process, I am responding directly from the landscape through descriptions of distressing climate events. I utilize these disrupting weather events in nature as visual images representing the anxieties and uncertainty of our contemporary world. The nuances of light, atmosphere, and weather generate constant awe, sometimes fear and surprise. At times the awe is when you are hoping to see it and other moments it is a surprise in revealing spaces. The painting process is not just an analytical process for me, but is a cathartic revelation in every visual moment.
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  • Storm Chasing
    2017
    Oil on panel
    12" x 16"

  • Storm Winds and Water Tower
    2017
    Oil on panel
    12" x 16"

  • Wave and Verrazano Bridge
    2016
    Oil on panel
    10" x 14"

  • Tsunami Wave and Cars
    2015
    Oil on panel
    16" x 12"

  • Flooded Chapel
    2017
    monotype on paper
    18" x 24"

  • A Red Flag
    2017
    Monotype on paper
    15" x 18"

  • Wave and Pier
    2017
    monotype on paper
    18" x 24"

  • Still Standing
    2018
    monotype on paper
    18" x 24"
    Subtractive monotype on paper.

  • Flooded House and Clothes Line
    2016
    Monotype on paper
    15" x 18"

  • Stirring Up
    2016
    Oil on panel
    10" x 14"

  • Flood House and Telephone Wires
    2016
    Oil on panel
    10" x 22"

  • Storm Waves and House
    2016
    Oil on panel
    12" x 16"

  • Flooded House and Clothes Line
    2016
    Oil on panel
    12" x 24"

  • Wave and Verrazano Bridge
    2015
    Monotype on paper
    15" x 18"

  • Sand Storm and Tent
    2017
    Oil on panel
    12" x 16"

  • Sand Storm and Three Tents
    2017
    Oil on panel
    14" x 18"

  • Clouds and Loft Water Tower
    2017
    Oil on panel
    14" x 10"

  • Street Lights and Water Tower at Sunset
    2016
    Oil on panel
    14" x 10"

  • Billboards and Street Ligths at Court Square, LIC
    2016
    Oil on panel
    14" x 18"

  • Empire and Greenpoint Warehouse
    2016
    Oil on panel
    12" x 24"

  • GW Bridge and Hudson River
    2015
    Oil on panel
    14" x 10"

  • Empire, Greenpoint Warehouses and Water Tower
    2016
    Oil on panel
    12" x 24"

  • GW Bridge and Hudson River
    2015
    Monotype on paper
    15" x 18"
 








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