Todd Monaghan

New York, b.1964

Todd Monaghan, an American Artist based in New York City, sometimes referred to as tm, explores spontaneous intuition and the subconscious mind by flicking, spilling, dripping and scrapping paint into layered, textural, immersive, multi-level paintings and collages. Monaghan’s paintings engage formally with line and density on a large scale and...

Todd Monaghan, an American Artist based in New York City, sometimes referred to as tm, explores spontaneous intuition and the subconscious mind by flicking, spilling, dripping and scrapping paint into layered, textural, immersive, multi-level paintings and collages. Monaghan’s paintings engage formally with line and density on a large scale and thematically stare into the widest scope of all – our boundless universe. Stretching as large as 118 inches, these paintings relate to the individual and whole of the cosmos in their gripping, expressionistic approach. He has exhibits in many international galleries and art fairs including Paris, NY, Atlanta, Miami, LA...

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Todd Monaghan, an American Artist based in New York City, sometimes referred to as tm, explores spontaneous intuition and the subconscious mind by flicking, spilling, dripping and scrapping paint into layered, textural, immersive, multi-level paintings and collages. Monaghan’s paintings engage formally with line and density on a large scale and thematically stare into the widest scope of all – our boundless universe. Stretching as large as 118 inches, these paintings relate to the individual and whole of the cosmos in their gripping, expressionistic approach. He has exhibits in many international galleries and art fairs including Paris, NY, Atlanta, Miami, LA and abroad. His works are in the collections of important private, corporate, and academic collections.

Todd Monaghan has no easel, he paints in an unconventional way, pinning his canvases to his studio walls then bringing them to the floor then back to the walls again and then the floor searching to see something new each time. He is spontaneous in his movement welcoming chance and experimentation. The work is colorful and textural and has a sense of discovery. Monaghan creates multi-level immersive works that encourages the viewer to explore the parts as well as the overall whole and their interplay.

By constantly reinventing the game/practice of painting (i.e., flipping in various direction, using various conventional and unconventional materials), Monaghan seeks to uncover the story that exists within the paint. He approaches his work from a mystical/spiritual perspective with an emphasis on intuition. Through his studies of breath awareness in the martial arts and yoga, Monaghan realizes that there is an energy that springs forth from Mother Nature herself. He sees that this energy, which exists outside the five senses, guides and informs the five senses. In his work, Monaghan strives to channel this life force by becoming an instrument for it. He draws from intuition and serendipity looking for the images within the images accessible only through the subconscious.

Just as a story has a surface text and subtext, so do each and every one of Monaghan’s artworks. The basic images evolve so that, with each new viewing, underlying images “pop". Each form takes on various images as one looks deeper and deeper, imbuing the picture with new meaning, just as the face in a rock or tree imbues in it the spirit of life itself. Through this process with both his paintings and collages, Monaghan strives to create an exciting distillation of our political, spiritual and out-of-control pop culture in the 21st Century. This is forever an evolving process.

Todd Monaghan's artistic influences include Marcel Duchamp, Franz Kline, Anselm Kiefer, Qin Feng, Jean Michel Basquiat, Juan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh.

Todd's mediums have ranged from oil and tempera, acrylic and natural organic materials to his current series which is gesso, layered canvas and egg shells.

RELATED CATEGORIES

Abstract Painting / Acrylic / Collage / Energy / Gesso / Intuition / New York / Oil / Painting / Self Taught Artist / Subconsciousness / Tempera / Unconventional Way Of Painting / Universe

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1992
    Certificate in Film, New York University
  • 1986
    BA Emory University

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Hero Bags - Art with Purpose, SLS Hotel, Miami
  • ™ @313 Gallery, Gowanus, New York, NY
  • Infinitus, James Richards Gallery, New York, NY

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations

  • 1992
    Certificate in Film, New York University
  • 1986
    BA Emory University

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Hero Bags - Art with Purpose, SLS Hotel, Miami
  • ™ @313 Gallery, Gowanus, New York, NY
  • Infinitus, James Richards Gallery, New York, NY
  • Le Pick Clops Cafe, Paris
  • Basilica of Saint Denis, Paris
  • Hotel de Grignan Gallery, Vichy, France
  • Celestin Hotel Spa, Vichy, France
  • Autun Cathedral, Autun, France
  • Festival of Arrows, Moulins-Engilbert, France
  • Auzon Pharmacy Gallery, Auzon, France
  • Church Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Charroux, France
  • Posted to New York, a traveling postcard exhibition and Instagram project, FLUX, The Paddock III
  • Crossroads, James Richards Gallery, New York, NY
  • tm ebb & flow, Garner Arts Center, New York, NY
  • Art is Freedom, Garner Arts Center, New York, NY
  • WalkOut, Garner Arts Center, New York, NY
  • 2016
    Boundless, Kia Lin Arts, Atlanta, GA
  • Gaga Art Festival, Haverstraw, New York
  • 2015
    See/Me, Fifth Annual Exposure Award Exhibition, Musee du Louvre, Paris
  • 2014
    Creamy Black & White, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • Outerlands Gallery, Vergennes, VT
  • 2013
    MONA ? Documenta USA, Museum of New Art, Detroit MI
  • The Story of the Creative, See/Me, Times Square, New York, NY
  • Four Word Progress, Jersey City, NJ
  • Mayan Riviera Nude Painting Party, Gallery Bar, New York, NY
  • Outlands Gallery, Opening and Exhibition, Vergennes, VT
  • 2012
    In Black Light Nude Painting Party, Gallery Bar, New York, NY
  • Square Foot Exhibition, AWOL Gallery, Toronto
  • Live Out Loud Silent Auction, New York Times Building, NYC
  • 2011
    Dreamside Pool Party, Grace Hotel, Times Square, New York, NY
  • The Nurture Matrix, Thomas Werner Gallery, New York, NY
  • Gaga Art Festival, Haverstraw, New York, NY
  • Live Out Loud Silent Auction, New York Times Building, New York, NY
  • Exotica, Katharine Story, Laguna Beach, CA
  • 2010
    Gaga Art Festival, Haverstraw, New York, NY
  • Live Out Loud Silent Auction, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
  • Grace Church School Auction, Greenwich Village, New York, NY
  • 2009
    faces, tminisms - times square, Chashama Arts Gallery, New York, NY
  • The Goddess, Gallery Bar, New York, NY
  • 2008
    Humanus, Global Fusion Art, New York NY
  • Paradox Lost & Found, Global Fusion Art, New York, NY
  • Secrets of the Salon, Jonathan Shorr Gallery, New York. NY
  • HPGRP Gallery, New York, NY
  • Outside Outsider Art Exhibition, Puck Building, New York, NY
  • 2007
    Jonathan Shorr Gallery, New York, NY
  • What do you See?, Sapphire, New York, NY
  • 2006
    Sidley Austin Holiday Exhibition, Sidley Austin, New York, NY
  • tminisms, Hayato, New York, NY
  • What do you see?, The Back-Porch Caf?, Rehoboth, DE
  • tm / Making the Scene, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York, NY
  • 2005
    Lemur Heart dedication, Katrina Fund, Director’s Cut, New York, NY
  • tmisms, Sidley Holiday Exhibition, Sidley Austin, New York, NY
  • tminisms on the Back Porch, Back Porch Caf?, Rehoboth, DE
  • Todd Monaghan & Ross Sheehan, Chashama Arts Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2004
    Goizueta on 42nd Street, Chashama Arts, New York, NY (sponsored by The Association with Emory University Alumni, and Goizueta Business School)
  • 2003
    tm back on Times Square, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY
  • Artist in Residence Group Exhibition, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY
  • ”Blue Bambu” dedication, Schwartz Art Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • 2002
    American Beauty 911 Dedication, for Emory University, New York, NY
  • 2001
    Departure, Click 3X Exhibition, Greenwich Village, New York, NY
  • 2000
    TMNorthwood Open Studio Exhibition, 53 W104th St. Studio, New York, NY
  • Sidley & Austin Exhibition, Sidley Austin, New York, NY
  • Departure, Arclight Editorial, New York, NY
  • 1997
    (-1999) Collaborated with artist Gregory Ilich. (Painted on various surfaces using various techniques, primarily oil on canvas with tempera. The canvases were continually flipped and Mr. Monaghan found faces representing various recurring characters in the work. Various group exhibitions in the East Village of NYC.)
  • 1996
    Premiered short film The Illumination, Angelika Film Festival.
  • 1992
    (-1995) Collaborated with artist Bruce Mishell at New York University Film School.