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May 19, 2015

Town and Country

by Bonnie Eissner

Kellyann Monaghan, an associate professor of art and art history at Adelphi’s College of Arts and Sciences, has exhibited her urban and pastoral landscapes in solo and group exhibitions throughout the New York metropolitan region and internationally. Urban landscapes have been part of her repertoire since 2001, when she had her first studio in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. In 2010, she participated in La Muse Artist and Writer Residency in the southern France village of Labastide-Esparbairenque. The experience gave her the courage to depict the French countryside. “At first I felt very intimidated by the French landscape,” she said. “As an urban landscape artist, I just thought it was too beautiful to try to capture.” She now paints en plein air on return summer visits to France.

“I use landscapes and urban landscapes as a journey and stage for the drama of light, air and movement. I attempt to see past the structured architecture into the otherworldly qualities of the landscape. I am intrigued by the way light plays on architecture, energizing and describing form.” —Kellyann Monaghan


Road to Mauvasin by Kellyann Monaghan, oil on panel, 2014, 10” x 14”


Williamsburg Bridge and Sneakers, by Kellyann Monaghan, oil on panel, 2012, 14” x 10”

This piece was published in the 2015 issue of Erudition.
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