Documentary about the life and work of artist Peter Monaghan to air on Netflix

A documentary about the creative life and works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated contemporary artists Peter Monaghan will air on Netflix next week – all thanks to a chance encounter.

Peter Monaghan – A portrait made by Dublin-based Rumble Films and will air on the streaming service from August 4.

Dubliner Monaghan will also exhibit a new collection of his vivid three-dimensional works at the Gormleys gallery, Belfast from 3 to 18 September.

A chance encounter with filmmaker Mike Smyth of Rumble Films came when Monaghan was commissioned by Mike’s brother, John Smyth of OMS Architects, to complete a major work at One Grand Parade in Dublin.

“Mike suggested that my art could make a good documentary and so he spent about six weeks going to a lot of people to make it,” Monaghan said.

“It’s really exciting that this will be streamed on Netflix – it’s a very well made documentary and it would be great to get it out there.”

The documentary shows Monaghan and two critics, Livia Hurley and Catherine Marshall, discussing his art and its evolution since he stopped working in graphic design to create art. full-time art.

Filmmaker Mike Smyth explained that after making the documentary, he booked it with Espresso TV, a Brighton-based distribution company, who recently signed on to have the series air on Netflix for 5 years.

“Although we are based in Dublin, Rumble Films has spent years producing music-related productions for international television companies, working with some of the biggest names such as The Cranberries, U2, David Grey, Bell X1, Keane, The Frames and Coldplay,” said Smyth.

“Art is a new field for me, but when I met Peter we became very close and I really enjoyed his work.

“An interesting element of this story is that as I worked on the piece, I noticed that Peter was very interested in and influenced by music – especially at the time he was listening to a lot of Francesco Tristano, a Luxembourgish pianist and composer.

“So even though we made the documentary on a budget, I reached out to Tristano and explained that this is an artist who is drawing inspiration from his work and was amazed how I grant me the right to use his music for free and in perpetuity. “

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Born in Dublin in 1955, Peter Monaghan gave his first one-man gig in the capital in 2002, and over the past two decades he has created his distinctive three-dimensional works of art. and has been exhibited internationally in London, New York, Miami, Hong Kong and Singapore.

He has exhibited with the Gormleys for the past 20 years with many sold-out exhibitions.

He graduated from the National College of Art and Design and worked as an award-winning graphic designer, before running his own graphic design business while teaching at Dun Laoghaire College of the Arts.

In 2000, he decided to give up his design job to focus full-time on art and his career has gone from strength to strength.

The Belfast Show will run from 3 to 18 September at the Gormleys gallery at 471 Lisburn Road. Visit for more information. Documentary about the life and work of artist Peter Monaghan to air on Netflix

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