New Paintings - 2017
Following a sell-out exhibition in February 2017, Morgan is currently in the studio making a series of new large-scale paintings. She has just returned from 7-week research trip to Southern Italy and the UK. A suite of these new works informed by her travels will be released in late 2017. Please join the mailing list to be kept informed of new works.
In the meantime a selection of "Auricula Portraits", smaller-scale oil studies, are presented here below.
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New oil studies - "The Auricula Portraits"
Above Left: Auricula IX, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm
Above Right: Auricula VII, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm
Above Left: Auricula IV, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm
Above Right: Auricula VIII, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm
Above: Auricula VI, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm AU$975.00
Above Left: Auricula II, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm AU$975.00
Above Right: Auricula I, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm AU$975.00
Above Left: Auricula V, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm
Above Right: Auricula III, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm
Some musings about the work:
In May and June of this year I travelled to Italy and England for 6 weeks, soaking in all the beauty, history and atmosphere. England in particular had a profound effect on me and I spent almost every daylight hour in one of the incredible heritage gardens, a wood, a field or wildflower meadow. The resulting inspiration has been limitless and in the last three months I've been working on a new series of very large paintings in response to these experiences and I'll be looking forward to sharing these with you here, and elsewhere, over the coming weeks. (If you would like, you can see some of them and follow along with my progress in the studio via my Instagram journal here).
As most of you will know, I generally work at a much larger scale but it's been a useful and exciting process transferring my technical habits and paint strokes into the small format. In the studio I've been calling these paintings "the auricula portraits" (referring to the primula auricula plants they portray), and in essence they are a series of oil studies or sketches. Usually when I'm making my really large paintings I will make some very quick preliminary pencil sketches and then launch directly onto the big canvas, much too impatient to delay for too long! Lately I've found it useful to first explore specific plants or flowers in small oil paint sketches as a way of nutting out just how to get the layering of paint or colours just so. These 9 are a result of this process developing further into more developed studies when I found that the 30cm size seemed to suit the precious quality of the auricula plants. I particularly enjoy the freshness and immediacy which they embody; their quick energised brushstrokes and transparent layers with the rust-coloured ground showing through.
Previous Exhibitions, 2017
Morning, 2017. Oil on linen, 122 x 152cm
Evening, 2017. Oil on linen, 151x199cm. (In the studio).
For recent works from an exhibition in early 2017, see below.
Second Sight, 2016. Oil on linen, 151 x 199cm
Lunar, 2017. Oil on linen, 151 x 198cm
Regale, 2017. Oil on linen, 127 x 137cm
Chorus, 2017. Oil on linen, 137 x127cm
Looking Back, 2017. Oil on linen, 137 x 127cm
Fen, 2017. Oil on linen, 127 x 137cm
About these paintings...
"These new paintings, perhaps more than any I have made previously, are directly inspired by the natural environment and atmosphere of our garden in the Adelaide Hills. Within our rumpled 5 acres lies a rambling romantic garden; not at all the perfectly manicured landscaping of magazines but a lovingly tended combination of old trees and a tangled profusion of flowers and grasses. The garden sits on a hill facing west, the sky changing from pink to amber every evening, glowing through the trees and reflecting off the dams that lie in the valleys to the South and West. It is this mesmerising light quality, and the magical atmosphere of early dawn and late dusk that I seek to evoke in the paintings. I hope they can transport you in some way."
These paintings interweave themes of nature, landscape and still-life. As with much of Morgan’s work, they were inspired by an ongoing interest in the spiritual and psychological interactions between people, plants and the natural world. Her haunting botanical works explore the human connection with the natural world, the circadian cycles of day and night, the slow diffusion of one season into the next; an homage to those forces that surround us, shaping our daily lives, and yet are increasingly separate, or kept separated. Traditional pictorial space is manipulated: scale and depth distorted within layers of built-up glazes to create an otherworldly space which treads boundaries between interior and exterior, macro and micro, soft femininity and wild nature.
Morgan’s enduring fascination with 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Flower paintings, their plant symbolism, and themes of life, decay and renewal is re-interpreted through the filter of 21st Century plant ecology, herbalism, plant-based magic and the Australian landscape.