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Fiona McMonagle: Classy

Fiona McMonagle, Selfie (2020), oil on canvas, 114.5 x 66.5 cm; Princess (2017), oil on linen, 101.5 x 112 cm; I’m his because he deserves the finest (2009), watercolour, ink and gouache on paper, 114 x 95 cm. All works © courtesy the artist.

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Bayside Gallery reopens with Fiona McMonagle's Classy, exhibiting from 1-12 July. We will be following Victoria Government protocols to protect the health and safety of the community.

Melbourne-based artist Fiona McMonagle is well-known for her watercolours that probe the darker side of pedestrian life in the suburbs.

Featuring watercolour, oil painting and video works that span the last decade plus a suite of new paintings, this major exhibition focuses on notions of class within Australian society, and recollections of suburban youth subculture.


Close to life-size and at times confron­­­­­­­­ting, a large number female subjects – featuring pop culture icons, friends and archetypal others – illustrate McMonagle’s exploratory use of the watercolour medium. These delicate yet brutal works convey the ambiguities of representing ourselves and others.

A special feature is the ambitious animation ‘The park at the end of my road’, which is displayed for the first time since its commission by the 2016 Adelaide Biennial.

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