Jeremy Morgan’s Beyond First Sight
Beyond First Sight: Jeremy Morgan
My work has been a form of visual research manifesting through collage and paintings at various scales. The focus of the work has been the fusion of various trajectories; the direct experience of the phenomena of the natural world.
e.g. The Romantic Sublime tradition of European and American landscape painting, the Sung Dynasty tradition from China (Shan-Shui) with specific reference to the significance of the manifestation of Spiritual/Philosophical sensibilities as integral and intrinsic to creative visual processes. The European and American developments of Abstraction, especially the work of many Abstract Expressionists has been a valuable arena of exploration.
The work then positions itself, endeavoring to find a balance between alluding to phenomena of the natural world while resisting the notion of mimesis. Thus the work strives towards the realization of the abstract in visual realms. Giving optical fidelity to the otherwise invisible. Most recently I am considering the possibilities of fusing digital processes and painting practices into chimera, which blur the boundaries that often exist between one form and another. This has resulted in experimental work which explores in greater depth the physical process of painting. This includes substrates, surface mediums, inks and acrylics in conjunction with the use of both real and artificial silk as coverings over acrylic paintings. This process reflects a reference to the traditions of Chinese landscape painting. In that tradition there is a unique consideration of the surface which is historically utilized in China (also Japan and Korea) in the use of either silk or highly absorbent paper.
Jeremy Morgan was born in 1956 in Cambridge, England. Educated at the Ruskin school of Drawing (University of Oxford) 1974-77, The Royal Academy Schools (RA) London 1979-82, and at the San Francisco Art Institute 1983-85. Between 1983-85 he was a Harkness Fellow. He is an Associate Professor of Painting at SFAI where he has taught since 1989 in both the Undergraduate and Graduate programs. He has also taught at JFK University (Arts and Consciousness program - Graduate Program), CCA in Oakland, California, and given various workshops in China (CAA Hanghzou, CAA Beijing, Luxan Academy, Shenyang). He is also affiliated with the Lucid Art Foundation in California, (Vision board member). He has exhibited in the USA, UK and China. His work is represented in several private collections and in the collections of Lucent technologies (CA), Beringer Wineries in Napa, CA, Saks 5th Avenue, New York, and in the collections of CAFA Beijing and CAA, Hangzhou.