"Morning" in progress in the studio, July 2017      (oil on linen, 122 x 152 cm)

"Morning" in progress in the studio, July 2017      (oil on linen, 122 x 152 cm)

New Paintings - 2017

 

Following a sell-out exhibition in February 2017, Morgan is currently in the studio making new paintings. She has just returned from 7-week research trip to Southern Italy and the UK. A suite of new garden and plant paintings informed by her travels will be released later in the year. Please join the mailing list to be kept informed of new works.

All new stockroom works for 2017 have now sold. For recent sold work, see below. 

For all purchase enquiries and further information about the paintings below, please email:  morgan@morganallender.com, or join the newsletter list to be kept informed of future exhibitions.  Thank you.

 

 

Second Sight, 2016
Oil on linen
151 x 199cm

* sold *

 

Lunar, 2017
Oil on linen
151 x 198cm

SOLD   ●

 

Regale, 2017
Oil on linen
127 x 137cm
**RESERVED

 

Chorus, 2017
Oil on linen
137 x127cm

SOLD   ●

 

Looking Back, 2017
Oil on linen
137 x 127cm

SOLD   ●

 

Fen, 2017
Oil on linen
127 x 137cm

SOLD

 

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.