Thursday, May 21, 2020
The major solo exhibition of works by renowned artist Fiona McMonagle launched at Bayside Gallery, Brighton in March this year, just before COVID-19 restrictions temporarily closed the gallery.
Fiona McMonagle is well known for her watercolours that belie the darker references to pedestrian life in the suburbs.
Featuring watercolour, oil painting and animation works that span the last decade plus new paintings, this major exhibition focuses on notions of class within Australian society, and recollections of suburban youth culture.
As people could no longer view the exhibition in person, the exhibition was bought to life online and it has been a huge success.
“A major exhibition like this is in development for over a year, and being first time the artist has presented her watercolour, oil painting and animations works together, it was a special opportunity for both the artist and our audience to see the breadth of Fiona’s extraordinary talent," said Bayside Gallery Curator, Joanna Bosse.
"With the disappointment of having to close Bayside Gallery only a week after opening Classy, came an opportunity to increase people’s enjoyment and engagement with Fiona’s work through online platforms. We’re so pleased we were able to enrich the exhibition by offering our audience a substantial digital experience. The exhibition has now reached more people than it would have otherwise,” said Joanna.
When people visit Fiona McMonagle, Classy online exhibition they can experience a curated guide and hear from the artist herself on what inspired her latest works.
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