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Cole Morgan

Cole Morgan (New York, USA, 1950)

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CV & Biography

Cole Morgan (New York, USA, 1950)

“Cole Morgan“...he finds eloquence in the most banal minutiae which he then fashions into wildly incongruous cross-cultural associations. In the vernacular of Morgan’s canvases, triangles, pyramids and balls happliy co-exist with zulu shields, planets and dervishes. Not that he sets out to plan these things. he speaks of being “taken”by these objects, adding that “when I’m done ‘exploring’ them, a new one presents itself.”

Cole Morgan’s self-contained, abstract paintings confront our perceptions of reality. It is as if he’s sending us a message: If we look beyond accepted notions of form and function, we might discover a parallel reality amidst the familiar. Morgan’s primary goal is to direct, but never to guide us through constant discovery in his paintings. The tools he employs to “conduct” our eye are as likely to be drawn from classical principles of painting as from the vernacular of the mundane. The cross element or triangle construction, a style derived from 17th-century religious tableaux of the Holy Trinity, provides spatial division in his compositions as he re-configures shapes and objects to a new purpose. But if Morgan ascribes to any religion, it would be the one of “Order”, in which composition is distilled to its barest minimum, where “shapes, textures and colors are refined and concentrated to their most visually descriptive elements. Every square millimeter of canvas is controlled.”

For anyone in search of meaning, Morgan’s obscure notes to himself and primal scratchings are fool’s gold, since value is wholly subjective. Indeed, meaning is an afterthought, because in spite of all the tease, all the titillation of controlled form and classic proportions to direct our gaze, the tour on which this artist takes us is nothing but an elaborate ruse designed to free our imagination. All the self-important scribbles are just that, and meaning lies, as it did for the Dadaists, only in what we make of Morgan’s clues to the trail of our subconscious.

Currently works and lives in Antwerp, Belgium.

Education

1971: BFA, University of New Mexico.

1972-72: Santa Reparata, Centro d’ Arte Graffico, Florence, Italy.

1973-74: De Vrije Akademie, The Hague, The Netherlands.

1974-75: Taught painting and drawing, York Road School, Dun Loaghaire, Dublin, Ireland.
 

Selected Exhibitions:

2010
San Francisco Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery


2009
Los Angeles Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, CA; 
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Art Miami, FL


2008
Campton Gallery, New York, NY; 
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Red Dot Art Fair, Miami FL


2007
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 
Korea International Art Fair, CIGE, Beijing, China


2006
TEFAF Maastricht, Galerie Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands;
Art Milan, Milan; 
Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland; 
Museum Laerken, Nykobing Falster, Denmark; 
Oisterwijk Sculpture 2006, Etienne & Van Loon Contemporary Fine Art, Oisterwijk, Netherlands; 
Art Cologne, Galerie Jorg Hasenbach, Antwerp, Belgium/ Capetown, South Africa


2005
TEFAF Maastricht, Galerie Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands;
Art Fair Den Bosch, Galerie Husstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands; 
KUNST RAI, Amsterdam, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands; 
Oisterwijk Sculpture 2005, Etienne & Van Loon Contemporary Fine Art, Oisterwijk, Netherlands; 
Art Cologne, Galerie Jorg Hasenbach, Antwerp, Belgium;
Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland; 
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 
Toronto International Artfair, Toronto, Canada, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada


2004
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Caldwell Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, New York; 
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands; 
TEFAF Maastricht, Galeria Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 
National Glass Museum Ledeerman, Netherlands; 
PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Hüsstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands; 
Galerie Laerkin, Nykobing Falster, Denmark; 
Galerie Protee, Paris, France


2003
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Caldwell Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, New York; 
Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Palm Desert, CA;
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands; 
TEFAF Maastricht, Galeria Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 
Kunst 2003 Zurich, Galerie Leupi, Nottwil-Zurich, Ascona, Switzerland; 
Kunst Köln 2003, Galerie Leupi, Nottwil-Zurich, Ascona, Switzerland; 
Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Vancouver, Canada; 
Standsmuseum Zoetermeer, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands; 
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID; 
Art Paris, Galerie Protee, Paris, France; 
Toronto International Art Fair, Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Vancouver, Canada; 
Art Cologne, Caldwell Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, New York;
Caldwell Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, New York;
PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Hüsstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands


2002
ART MIAMI, Caldwell Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, New York;
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Caldwell Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, New York;
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands;
TEFAF, Maastricht, Galeria Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 
Art Zurich 2002, Galerie Leupi, Zofingen, Switzerland; 
Kunstral Art Amsterdam, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands; 
Art Chicago, Caldwell Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, New York; 
Galerie Guy Pieters, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium; 
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho; 
Caldwell Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, New York; 
PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Hüsstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands; 
Toronto International Art Fair, Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Vancouver, Canada; 
Art Vienna, Galerie Leupi, Zofingen & Ascona, Switzerland; 
Galerie Hüsstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands


Collections


B.D.B.O. Advertising, New York, USA
Sterling Commerce, USA, the Netherlands
Exxon Mobil, Dallas, Texas, USA
Quo quo, Hong Kong
Landconcepts, Hong Kong
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Hong Kong
The Honourable Michael Klosson, US Ambassador, Hong Kong
Far Eastern Textile Ltd., Taiwan
Westin Hotels & Resorts, Awaji Island, Japan
Hallmarl Cards, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Hilton Hotel, Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Giogetti Benelux BV, The Hague, the Netherlands
FMO, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij B.V. Assen, the Netherlands
Nedap, Groenlo, the Netherlands
B.J.G. Investments, The Hague, the Netherlands
Van Heeswijk Bouw BV, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
3W Vastgoed, the Netherlands, Belgium
Barents & Krans, The Hague, the Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium
White Lion Advertisement Gmbh, Zürich, Switzerland
Credit Mutuel, Paris, France
Foundation of the Trocadero, Paris, France
Verwaltungs- und Privat-Bank AG, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Nationaal Glas Museum, the Netherlands
Trevi Trust Co. SA, Lugano, Switzerland
Bvlgari, Rome, Italy


Literature

- D. Welling, C. Morgan, "Cole Morgan: Twenty Years", Europese Bibliotheek,
Kempen, 1994;
- C. Morgan, P. Berger, "Cole Morgan", Kempen Uitgevers, 1995;
- C. Morgan, E.L. Morgan e.a., "Cole Morgan: Thirty Years", Antwerpen, 2004