Galina Munroe (b. 1993) is a British-French artist whose academic resume includes a fine art baccalaureate in France from 2008-2011, then from 2011-2014 at Beaux Art academie in France, followed by a Masters degree at Central Saint Martins in London from 2014-2016.
A recent summer residency in Albi, Southern France, has allowed British/French artist Galina Munroe the freedom to take a step back from the academic reasoning that has framed her early work. Munroe's new work is an earnest yet playful exploration of the formal principles of painting, uninhibited by the need for rigid concept. Layering neatly collaged pieces of canvas, Munroe creates paintings that harness geometric compositions and reference the 'inbetween-ness' of architectural spaces. Having said that, the notion of creation vs. destruction is one conceptual trope that remains evident in her distinctive compositions, often constructed from a framework of collaged, repurposed canvas.
Munroe's time spent painting in Albi has brought a textural richness to this body of work; the interplay of raw canvas and thick, grainy oils lend the paintings a sense of rusticity, history and romance. Straight out of Galina Munroe's Southern France studio, here is her latest (and greatest) work to date.