Saturday, November 4, 2017 through
Monday, January 22, 2018


Ruth S. Harvey University Gallery
Performing Arts Center Gallery, Second Floor

Wind, Water, Rock and Sky: Recent Paintings and Prints

An exhibition featuring recent paintings and prints by Kellyann Monaghan.

Sand Storm and Ranchers by Kellyann Monaghan

This two-part exhibition spanning in both the Ruth S. Harvey University Gallery and the Performing Arts Center’s second-floor gallery space presents recent paintings and prints, Wind, Water, Rock and Sky, by Kellyann Monaghan. On view from, November 4th, 2017 to January 22nd, 2018, the art is based on Monaghan’s recent sabbatical trips and studio practice over the past year.

While one body of work explores the effect of climate change and dramatic weather events, the other was painted on site during travel to New Mexico and the southwest coast of Ireland.   Both parts of the exhibition present investigations and observations of earthly visual phenomena.

Monaghan’s recent studio paintings and prints evolved in response from the effects of extreme weather. Stormy conditions invading the seemingly calm landscape have inspired a vigorous response in her work. The surface of the paintings erupts with textured and expressive gestural marks. Radical weather events are a stimulus for her instinctive tendencies as an expressive alla prima painter; the paintings tapping both into an anxiety about and an awe inspired by the natural world. Many of the paintings reference edited video stills of dramatic weather events and urgent weather news coverage.

In search of fresh inspiration and challenges, Monaghan traveled to New Mexico and Ireland this year to paint on-site in opposite extremes of climate and colors. New Mexico’s colorful, dry and rocky landscapes called for a palette with the rich, warm colors of the earth set against clear blue skies.  Working on-site in the otherworldly and “Mars” like environment of New Mexico engaged her painterly instincts, leading her to chase the animated movements of the sun across the rocky formations.

In contrast, the romantic and moody Irish landscape acted as a rich visual muse for explorations of new subtle color and atmospheric changes.  She spent several weeks painting on the green and rocky Dingle Peninsula, in the coastal area of County Kerry.  The coastal green landscape provided for encounters with constantly changing weather.  Observing the dramatic waters against the rocks and temperamental skies was yet another vehicle for painterly challenges.

Kellyann Monaghan, Adelphi Associate Professor, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is known for works that explore the urban landscape of New York City and the region the landscape of southern France. Her work primarily has been done in “plein-air” directly on site, typically with an alla prima process, working wet into wet with an observational and direct response to the environment.  Monaghan’s spontaneous response to the energy of the land through the medium is a constant pursuit.

» View Kellyann Monaghan’s website

Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ruth S. Harvey University Gallery

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