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Cole Morgan

Gallery Jones
Vancouver BC – Nov 6–29, 2008

Cole Morgan, Twenty Curry

Cole Morgan, Twenty Curry (2008), mixed media on linen [Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC – Nov 6-29]

Cole Morgan, Dark Dark Light

Cole Morgan, Dark Dark Light (2008), mixed media on linen [Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC – Nov 6-29]

Cole Morgan,T Tooting

Cole Morgan,T Tooting (2008), mixed media on linen [Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC – Nov 6-29]

Cole Morgan is a European-based American painter whose work has been described as 'brilliant doodles'. His canvases contain numerous colourful and playful shapes resembling small and obscure objects, which he often places in gridded or repeated patterns with a careful randomness he characterizes as "controlled spontaneity.”

The blobs of pigment and painterly marks resemble lab specimens accompanied by cryptic handwritten notation. The delightful abstract paintings, with their self-contained look of biology charts crossed with scribbles and with what has been termed "banal minutiae" act like documents for a parallel scientific reality.

Morgan was born in New York in 1950. He attended the University of New Mexico where he earned a BFA in 1971, and later, the Centre of Graphic Art in Florence and the De Vrije Akademie in The Hague. During 2007, he showed in such prominent venues as the Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco; Ludwig Museum, Germany; CIGE, Beijing and the Korea International Art Fair. Other influential shows have included Art Milan, Art Cologne and Oisterwijk Sculpture (2006); Art Fair Den Bosch, KUNST RAI and the Toronto International Artfair (2005); the San Francisco International Art Exposition and ART ROTTERDAM (2004); and in additional shows in The Netherlands, Denmark, France and Switzerland. Morgan currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.


Mia Johnson

 Sat, Nov 8, 2008