Monkey Painter by Lucy Hogg

Monkey Painter

  • Non-Fiction
  • 256 pages, 7×10 inches
  • Price: $28 CAD · $28 USD
  • ISBN: 9781554202201
  • Date published: 2025-04-10
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About Monkey Painter

Monkey Painter is a story-in-pictures that follows the evolution of the artist as she progresses from art student, to teacher, to fully functioning artist over a span of thirty years. Written in the mode of a coming-of-age-novel, the artist describes her trajectory as a young person moving through the institutions and social settings of art: the art school classroom, artist run centres, art museums and galleries, as they existed in Canada at the end of the 20th century.

Moving chronologically, she paces through a series of artistic modes–abstraction, portraiture, photography, landscape, the figure, and finally the end game of monochrome painting–as she attempts to adapt to a fickle and competitive art world, along the way articulating the fraught position of women within it.

Monkey Painter is a memoir; the artist’s own ‘ballad of a failed painter’ – or rather, of how painting failed the artist, forcing her re-evaluate her practice one final time, and move on.

About Lucy Hogg

Originally from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Hogg currently lives in New York City, after having moved from Vancouver where she taught full time at Emily Carr University. She has taught at the Corcoran Museum of Art and Design, University of Maryland, American University, and the Maryland Institute College of Arts in graduate and undergraduate programs. Her work is included in the public collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Hirshhorn Museum, Canada Council Art Bank and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

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