Nicholas Monro

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Nicholas Monro
Born1936 (age 81–82)
Alma materChelsea School of Art
EmployerChelsea School of Art
StylePop art

Nicholas Monro (born London,[1] 1936[1]) is an English pop art sculptor, print-maker and art teacher.[2] He is known for being one of the few British pop artists to work in sculpture[2] and is known for his use of fibreglass.[2]

Life and work[edit]

Monro studied art at the Chelsea School of Art[2] from 1958 to 1961.[1] After graduating he began teaching at Swindon School of Art,[2] then returned to Chelsea School of Art in 1968.[2]

In 1969 he received an Arts Council Award[3] and was included in the exhibition Pop Art Re-Assessed at the Hayward Gallery.[3]

In the early 1970s, he had a studio at Hungerford.[4]

His work was included in the 2004 pop art retrospective "Art and the 60s: This Was Tomorrow" at Tate Britain,[1] and Birmingham Gas Hall[5] and, in the same year, "British Pop Art 1956–1972" at the Galleria Civica di Modena.[2]

Public collections[edit]

Monro's works are in the collections of the Berardo Collection Museum, Tate Modern and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.[2]

Key works[edit]

The repaired and repainted Statue of King Kong, at Penrith, in April 2008
  • Money Bags, painted fibreglass (1965)[6]
  • Flock of Sheep, painted fibreglass, (1968) – now in a private collection in Wuppertal, Germany[7]
  • Statue of King Kong, painted fibreglass, (1972)[8]
  • The Sand Dancers (a statue of Wilson, Keppel and Betty), made for the Sands Hotel, Edinburgh, now part of the Treadwell Collection.[9]
  • Bust of Max Wall, painted fibreglass, sold for £6,875 ($11,323) at Christie's, London, on 23 August 2011[10]
  • Statue of Eric Morecombe & Ernie Wise, in painted fibreglass, commissioned in 1977 by the Arts Council, this statue was to form part of the British Genius exhibition at Battersea Park, London[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Nicholas Monro Biography". Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nicholas MONRO (British, b.1936)". Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b "University of Warwick Art Collection – Artists – Nicholas Monro". University of Warwick. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  4. ^ Radio Birmingham interview with Munro, 11 May 1972, transcribed in part in Towers, Alan (July–August 1972). "Birmingham: Nicholas Munro". Studio International. 184 (946): 18.
  5. ^ Chare, Sara (5 July 2004). "Art & The 60s: This Was Tomorrow at Tate Britain". Culture24. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  6. ^ "London in the 60's". Art49. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Von der Heydt-Museum zeigt Wuppertaler Sammler der Gegenwart". Musenblätter. Retrieved 22 August 2011. (in German)
  8. ^ Noszlopy, George T. (1998). Public Sculpture of Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield. Public Sculpture of Britain. 2. Liverpool University Press. p. 170. ISBN 0-85323-682-8.
  9. ^ "Nicholas Monro | Treadwells". Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Sale 2019, Lot 309". Christie's. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  11. ^ "The Other Statue". Retrieved 29 March 2013.

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