Course Leader, Fine Art MA (online)

Ian Monroe was born in New York and currently lives and works in London. He received his BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis and his MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2002.

Monroe came to public attention in 2003 when the Saatchi Gallery featured a large-scale work from the artist's MA show. The artist was included in 'Edge of the Real' 2004, a group painting show at the Whitechapel Gallery. 'They Built Upon It' (2005) at Haunch of Venison London was accompanied by the first major catalogue of Monroe's work, including texts by poet and art critic, Barry Schwabsky. Monroe was represented by Haunch of Venison gallery in London, Berlin and Zurich and is currently working with Galeria Casado Santa Pau in Madrid.

He is currently working on a major permanent commission to be located in Leicester Square in London with a completion date in 2021 and other permanent commissions include an artwork for by St Johns College Oxford. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Freund Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the Saint Louis Art Museum where Monroe had his first US solo show.

His work has been collected extensively both privately and by major museum collections including the Saint Louis Art Museum, USA, the Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Aarhus Denmark, the Hamburger Banhof in Berlin, Germany and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, in Leon, Spain.

In addition to his art practice, Monroe has contributed essays to a number of publications, including Collage, Assembling Contemporary Art, 2008, by Black Dog Publications.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2002 MA Fine Art Goldsmiths, University of London
1995 BA Fine Art, Elliot Scholar, Sculpture Major Washington University in Saint Louis

Honors and awards

Year Description

Freund Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the Saint Louis Art Museum, where his first US museum solo show took place.

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

My research interests span a number of areas including legacies of modernism, psychogeography, collage, and a strong interest in the built environment and our relationship with virtual or mediated spaces. Material research includes expertise in digital fabrication and industrial techniques in combination with intensive hand-made and haptic processes. I have written and lectured about the role of craft and making historically and in the 21st century, and I have also lectured extensively in relation to object oriented ontology and speculative realism in relation to contemporary art and theory.


Areas of teaching

  • Drawing
  • Fine Art
  • painting
  • sculpture

Courses taught

  • Fine Art MA (online)