2001/0009 Monnop

Monnop

Artist

Christopher PEASE
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
05 Jul 1969
 in
Perth, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Monnop
Date
1999
Medium/Material
oil on canvas
Dimensions
211.5 x 149.5 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 2001
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2001/0009
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightMonnop is a larger than life portrait of an important song man from the region. The scale of the work is deliberate, as Monnop was said to have great powers in ‘singing’ love magic. The image is taken from a book of Daisy Bates’ writings on Aboriginal people of the Perth region, which was first published in 1992, and was also reproduced on the cover. In that case, the black and white archival image had been etched and cropped, somewhat reducing the powerful stance of Monnop. By painting his subject as larger than life size, in warm tones of bronze and purple, Pease has reinvested Monnop with dignity and presence worthy of his stature within his decimated community. (AGWA 2001)

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