Ian Monroe was born in New York in 1972 and currently lives and works in London. He received 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.
Monroe was recently commissioned by St Johns College Oxford to complete a permanent public commission for the university. He is currently working on a major commission to be located in Leicester Square in London with a completion date around 2017. 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.
In addition to his artistic practice, Monroe has contributed essays to a number of publications, including “Collage, Assembling Contemporary Art”, 2008, by Black Dog Publications. Other writings have been published in The Guardian and Art Review. Artworks by Monroe are in the permanent collections of 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.