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    13.02.18 Monica Rohan in Glover Prize 2018

    Monica Rohan is a finalist in the Glover Prize 2018 for her work, Cold hands 2018.

    The annual acquisitive $50,000 prize for landscape painting will be judged by Tony Stephens, Director, Artbank; Dr. Jane Deeth, Director, New Audiences for Art; and Natalia Ottolenghi, Art consultant and cultural advocate.

    Glover Prize 2018
    Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale TAS
    Opening and Winner Announced: 9 March 2018
    Exhibition: 10 – 13 March & 17 – 18 March 2018

    For more information, please click here.


    01.02.18 Monica Rohan in Art Collector

    Monica Rohan features in Art Collector’s ‘50 Things Collectors Need to Know 2018’.

    The article by Jane O’Sullivan discusses Rohan’s ever-increasing popularity which has seen a number of sold out exhibitions in recent years.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   This time maybe   2017   oil on board   80.0 x 61.0 cm


    15.12.17 Monica Rohan at Gippsland Art Gallery

    Monica Rohan will feature in the inaugural exhibition, Imagine, at the new Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale, Victoria.

    Curated by Simon Gregg, Imagine showcases the capacity of human imagination through 134 works from 81 artists from around the globe spanning five centuries of creation.

    Gippsland Art Gallery
    6 January – 18 March 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   All nerves   2016   oil on board   80.0 x 60.0 cm


    13.10.17 Monica Rohan at Tweed Regional Gallery

    Go Figure: Works from the collection presents a selection of works from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection that showcase dynamic representations of the human figure and features work by Monica Rohan, Natasha Bieniek, Guy Maestri, Ben Quilty and others.

    Go Figure: Works from the collection
    Tweed Regional Gallery
    13 October 2017 – 21 October 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Rush   2014   oil on board   50.0 x 35.0 cm   Tweed Regional Gallery Collection


    03.08.17 Monica Rohan in Artbank Collection

    Monica Rohan’s painting, Reluctant 2017, for which she is a finalist in the Sulman Prize 2017, has been acquired by the Artbank collection.

    Artbank is one of the largest collections of contemporary Australian art provides direct support to Australian contemporary artists through the acquisition of their work.

    For more information about Artbank, please click here. 


    26.07.17 Monica Rohan in The Sunday Mail

    Monica Rohan’s current exhibition, Look down at the ground was featured in The Sunday Mail in an article by Fiona Purdon.

    The article unravels Rohan’s penchant for painting nature which features heavily in the exhibition.

    To read the article, please click here.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Hoped you wouldn’t notice   2017   oil on board   80.0 x 61.0 cm


    20.07.17 Monica Rohan in Sulman Prize 2017

    Congratulations to Monica Rohan who is a finalist in the Sulman Prize 2017 for her work, Reluctant 2017.

    Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
    Art Gallery of New South Wales
    29 July – 22 October 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Reluctant   2017   oil on board   90.0 x 122.0 cm


    23.05.17 Somerville House Visiting Artist Program

    Monica Rohan recently completed a residency as the 2017 Visiting Artist at Somerville House in Brisbane.

    Monica’s spent two weeks spent at the junior, middle and senior schools of Somervile House. QLD Artist and Head of Art at Somerville House, John Honeywill, wrote an article about her residency in the school’s ‘Connections’ publication.

    To read the article, please click here. 

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Sometimes, not always   2017   oil on board   80.0 x 61.0 cm


    01.12.16 Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize 2017

    Monica Rohan has been shortlisted as a finalist in the inaugural Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting in 2017. Held at the Webb Gallery at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, the prize aims to communicate the continuing significance of the medium of watercolour.

    The principal judge for the 2017 prize will be Brisbane artist, Michael Zavros. The major prize of $20,000 and two highly commended awards will be announced at the public opening event on Friday 10 February from 6-8pm.

    Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize 2017
    Webb Gallery, Brisbane
    9 – 25 February 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Into the canopy backwards   2016   watercolour on paper   53.0 x 73.0 cm



    12.11.16 Monica Rohan on cover of Good Weekend Magazine

    Monica Rohan features on the cover of today’s Good Weekend magazine in The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Monica’s Avoid from 2014 provides inspiration for the annual ‘52 weekends away’ edition of the magazine.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Avoid   2014   oil on board   61.0 x 45.0 cm


    14.09.16 Monica Rohan in Redland Art Awards 2016

    Monica Rohan has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Redland Art Awards 2016 for her work, Head up, shoulders back. Presented by Redland Art Gallery, the Redland Art Awards is a biennial contemporary painting competition with a major acquisitive prize of $15,000.

    This year’s prize will be judged by José Da Silva, Senior Curator and Head of Australian Cinémathèque, Collections and Exhibitions, QAGOMA; Judy Watson, artist; Emma Bain, Director (Exhibitions & Programs), Redland Art Gallery; and Stephanie Lindquist Director (Collections & Public Art), Redland Art Gallery.

    Redland Art Awards 2016
    Redland Art Gallery
    16 October – 27 November 2016

    For further information, please click here.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Head up, shoulders back   2016   oil on board   80.0 x 60.0 cm


    05.07.16 Monica Rohan in The Gold Award 2016


    Monica Rohan is finalist for The Gold Award 2016 at Rockhampton Art Gallery.

    Established in 2012, The Gold Award honours the memory of Moya Gold, philanthropist and educator, who inspired and provided for this prize directly through a substantial bequest for the acquisition of Australian paintings.

    The Gold Award is a national biennial event, presented at the Rockhampton Art Gallery, as a joint initiative of Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust and Rockhampton Regional Council. Designed as an invitation award to consider the best in contemporary painting while simultaneously building a substantive collection, the most outstanding work or works by an artist will be awarded the $50,000 cash prize.

    The winning entry will be determined by guest judge, Chris Saines CNZM, Director, QAGOMA.

    The Gold Award exhibition will run from 23 July – 4 September 2016.

    For more information please click here

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Uncomfortable 2   2016   oil on board   80.0 x 60.0 cm


    07.07.16 Monica Rohan in Archibald Prize 2016

    Congratulations to Monica Rohan who is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2016 for her portrait of fashion designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of label, Easton Pearson.

    Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016
    Art Gallery of New South Wales
    16 July – 9 October 2016

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Easton Pearson   2016   oil on canvas   122.0 x 90.0 cm


    13.07.16 Monica Rohan in The Courier Mail   

    Monica Rohan has been successful in her first attempt at entering the Archibald Prize in 2016. She discusses her most recent achievement with The Courier Mail arts writer Phil Brown.

    Her painting depicts fashion designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of iconic Brisbane label, Easton Pearson, entangled in assorted patterned fabrics sourced from their own textile archive.

    The winner of the Archibald Prize will be announced on Friday 15 July 2016 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    To read the article please click here

    Image credit: Monica Rohan in her studio. Photograph by Jon Linkins.


    07.12.15 Monica Rohan on Frankie Magazine Cover

    Monica Rohan’s alluring oil painting Oh you pretty things 2015 features on the cover of the current issue of Frankie Magazine.

    This caps off a fantastic 2015 for the young artist which has seen her have a sell-out solo exhibition as well as involvement in a large curated exhibition at QAGOMA.

    Frankie Issue 69 is available here.  


    04.12.15 Day Four: Twelve Days of Christmas 2015

    Monica Rohan   Sarah with passionfruit   2015   oil on board   80.0 x 60.0 cm   SOLD

    Monica Rohan’s intricately detailed paintings have focussed on self-portraiture, with her artworks providing an insight into her internal world. These works have portrayed the artist navigating contemporary life in an imaginary space, where colour, pattern and whimsy dominate.

    In her latest works, the artist has started using other subjects in her works to reflect on those same concerns. Speaking about Sarah with passionfruit 2015, Rohan states:

    “Sarah hid beneath the passionfruit vine for much longer than necessary. She seemed to take comfort from being partially concealed by brilliant green. The vine was drooping over a footpath in her neighbourhood and I like to imagine she returned when the fruit was ripe and stood quietly amongst the leaves for a while.” 

    Enquire to purchase via email: enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au or call (07) 3254 1855


    12.11.15 Monica Rohan in Artist Profile

    Monica Rohan was interviewed by writer Lucy Stranger in the latest issue of Artist Profile.

    Rohan discusses the different elements which make-up her unique painting practice and explains the concepts behind her work.

    Please click here to read the interview.

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Bluster   2015   oil on board   60.0 x 45.0 cm


    25.09.15 Monica Rohan Video Interview for QAGOMA

    Monica Rohan is featured in a short video interview by QAGOMA, in which she discusses her painting practice and involvement in GoMA Q: Queensland Contemporary Art.

    The exhibition is the first time QAGOMA have curated an exhibition of solely Queensland artists and showcases the talents of emerging, mid-career and established artists working across a range of artistic approaches.

    GoMA Q: Queensland Contemporary Art concludes 11 October 2015.

    Please view the full video interview above.


    18.09.15 Monica Rohan interviewed by The Design Files

    Emerging Brisbane painter Monica Rohan was interviewed by The Design Files in her home studio.

    Local writer Jo Hoban spoke to Monica about her background, influences, her recent Tweed River Regional Art Gallery artist residency, as well as her future aspirations.

    Read the full interview and view the gallery of images here.

    Photo by Mindi Cooke courtesy of The Design Files


    01.08.15 Monica Rohan in Q Weekend

    Monica Rohan was interviewed in The Courier Mail’s publication Q Weekend for their  ‘Hot Seat’ section.

    Writer Alison Walsh spoke to Rohan about childhood, treasured possessions and life at large.

    Please click here to read the interview.


    11.07.15 Monica Rohan in GoMA Q

    Emerging JMG represented artist, Monica Rohan has been curated into QAGOMA’s exciting new exhibition GoMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art. 

    The exhibition focuses exclusively on Queensland art and showcases a the talents of more than 30 emerging, mid-career and senior Queensland artists across a range of themes and media.

    Images of Rohan’s oil paintings were also used for the cover of the exhibition catalogue, which is available through the QAGOMA Store.

    The Courier Mail recently reviewed the exhibition. To read this review please click here.

    For general information on the exhibition please click here.


    06.06.15 Monica Rohan at Tweed Regional Gallery

    Monica Rohan is exhibiting at Tweed Regional Gallery until 4 October 2015.

    Monica produced the works for this exhibition during her residency at the Tweed Regional Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio during November 2014.

    Monica says the residency provided a “critical opportunity to focus on expanding my relationship to landscape, which has appeared intermittently in my recent work.”

    Please click here for further exhibition information

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Rush   2014   oil on board   50.0 x 35.0 cm


    28.05.15 Monica Rohan in Brisbane News

    Monica Rohan features in this week’s issue of the Brisbane News in an enlightening article that outlines the emerging QLD artist’s career journey so far.

    Please click here to read the article

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Fickle   2015   oil on board   100.0 x 70.0 cm


    21.05.15 Monica Rohan in Australian Financial Review

    Monica Rohan was featured in an article in the Australian Financial Review as a result of her sold out exhibition, Topsy-turvy, currently showing at Jan Murphy Gallery.

    Please click here to read the article

    Image credit: Monica Rohan   Dense   2015   oil on board   77.0 x 60.0 cm


    Day Five: Twelve Days of Christmas

    Monica Rohan   Consequence   2014   oil on board    72.0 x 61.0 cm   SOLD

    This work is part of my greater objective to visually communicate how it feels to be overwhelmed. By representing two selves, the sense of tension and unreality is heightened and the strange internal battle is exaggerated. The pattern has a dual role of enforcing space between figures, and for the restlessness to manifest within the detail.

    This work has now been sold, please email the gallery to secure a preview for Monica’s exhibition in 2015 at enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au – or, alternatively view the work we currently have in stock by Monica: http://www.janmurphygallery.com.au/artist/monica-rohan/available-works/


    14.10.14 15 artists

    New work by Monica Rohan will be on display in ’15 Artists’ alongside Jason Fitzgerald at Redcliffe City Art Gallery; an annual acquisitive award and exhibition that runs from the 23 October until 6 December


    11.10.14 Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence

    The residency studio

    Tweed Rivers

    Monica Rohan will be the second artist to participate in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence program at the Tweed Regional Gallery. In November she will be participating in the residency program, and during her time at Tweed will produce new work responding to the surrounding area.

    Please click here to read more about the exhibition.


    30.08.14 Finalist, Redland Art Prize

    Monica Rohan   Jerks   2014   oil on board   62.0 x 72.0 cm

    Congratulations to Monica Rohan on being selected as a finalist for Redland Art Award 2014.



    Phil Brown writes on Monica Rohan’s upcoming exhibition Predicament in the Canvas section of the Courier Mail.
    Read full article here.



    Monica Rohan features in the current Art Guide publication. In the text, Louise Martin-Chew writes of preview of Rohan’s upcoming exhibition Predicament. 


    14.11.13 Sneak Peak

    Slope, 2013, oil on board, 61.0 x 45.0 cm

    In May 2014 JMG will present Rohan’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Knoll  pictured, provides a sneak peek of what we can expect. Rohan’s delicate watercolours and oils on board continue her exploration of the self-portrait.

    If you are interested in Rohan’s work, please contact the gallery for further information here.





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