Peter Monaghan

(Dublin 1955 -)


Peter Monaghan (b. 1955) studied at the National College of Art and Design in mid 1970s. He joined Dara O’Lochlainn’s pioneering design firm; his packaging, graphic and industrial design won a number of awards, including several sponsored by the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design, the IDI and the European Design Annual.

In 1983 he set up his own firm, later becoming a partner in Creative Inputs working with such clients as AIB, ESB, and the Office of Public Works. He also designed a number of catalogues for the National Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

For the last two decades he has painted in his own time, exploring both calligraphic and Op art techniques. In 2000, he gave up design work to concentrate full-time on painting and sculpture.

His work is conceptually rich and in keeping with his central theme of transition and change, he explores the dynamic between 2D and 3D and asks fundamental questions about how colour works.

Peter cites music as a major influence in his work and this is evident in the jazz like rhythms produced.

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