Magnus Irvin - Happy Monkey Dream Room
Magnus Irvin (GBR)
Happy Monkey Dream Room

conceptual work,
acrylic and charcoal directly onto walls


The happy Monkey Dream Room was painted in room 9c of The Old Carlton Arms hotel, New York, over a period of 3 weeks in February 2011.

My intention was to decorate the room with a fantasy scenario of monkeys that I developed as I went along. With each day that I sketched and painted the mural different ideas emerged that I incorporated into the work.

However, after a week or so I was aware of a theme emerging concerning the creativity ability of apes and the obvious relationship to the creativity of humans. Over a few days I was able to map out this new concept and design the rest of the painting to fit within it. To the realistic apes

Magnus Irvin - Happy Monkey Dream Room
I added deconstructed geometric and cardboard monkeys as a reference to consciously made artworks. As there are no references to human activity in the painting I hoped to raise the question of “Who has created these odd sculptures and drawings?”It was after this change of ideas that I discovered the Charlatan Ink Prize and decided that the concerns of my painting fitted within its remit.

In the en suite bathroom I made a single line drawing continuously running around the four walls on the theme of a day in an artist’s life. A simian artist of course.













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Magnus Irvin - Happy Monkey Dream Room