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Cole Morgan

Cole Morgan (New York, USA, 1950)

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Curriculum Vitae Cole Morgan (New York, USA, 1950)


Taught drawing and painting, York Road School, Dun Loaghaire, Dublin, Ireland

De Vrije Akademie, The Hague, The Netherlands

Santa Reparata, Centro d'Arte Graffico, Florence, Italy

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Artist Statement

After trying to perfect my skills as a draughtsman for 15-plus years, I realized two things. One, I was as good as I was going to get and two, there seemed to be an invisible price barrier regarding the drawings. It's historic.

In the Middle Ages, painters used drawings to lay down ideas cheaply and quickly in order to get a feel of how the finshed work would appear on a much large scale using paint... A cathedral ceiling for example. Later, drawings were used as preparatory studies that were not seen as finished artworks on their own. That was the painting. Never the study. This did not make the drawing second rate, but one thing was blatantly evident: there was little or no colour in the drawing. In my case, it seemed that a drawing was considered worthy of purchase but a large price would mean a very large drawing. So for me the writing was on the wall. I couldn't get any better, I needed colour in my work, and I needed to move from paper to canvas, work bigger, and use paint instead of the sharpened tip of a pencil. This would let me ascend through the "it's only a drawing" price barrier. And it did.

Although I abandoned the hyper-realist drawings on paper, I did take one very important element of that period with me to the non-figurative period. The use of shadow. The shadow is meant to give a credible three-dimensionality to the otherwise abstract forms. Makes them whimsical from a distance and adds just a little intrigue. A false thing pretending to be a real thing. And I'm going to let you discover that.


Selected Exhibitions (solo shows)

Galerie Mia Joosten [1989, 1991, 1994, 1998]

Reflex Gallery "Miniature Museum" [1992], with book Sport Art Gallery [1986]

Jaski Art Gallery [2008,2009,2011]

Galerie Contempo, Maastricht "Target" [1993] with catalogue
Contempo Rotterdam, [1994],"Cole Morgan-20 Years" with book, further in [1996, and 2006]

“Works on Paper” [2007] with book (56pp., 36 ill.)
Contempo Rotterdam, Opening new gallery [2010]                                         
"Herbarium Botanica” [2012]

Buschlen/Mowatt Gallery [2000, 2003]
Gallery Jones [2005, 2007, 2008]
Palm Desert Buschlen/Mowatt Galleries [2003] Gouthier Fine Art [1992]

San Francisco                     
Caldwell/Snyder Galleries [1998] with catalogue, and further in [2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011] with catalogues

Galerie Naviglio [1996]

Galerie Naviglio [1996]

New York
Caldwell/Snyder Galleries [1998, 2000, 2003,] with catalogues
Campton Gallery “Works on Paper” [2007] “ with book (56pp, 36 ill.)

Hong Kong                          
The Rotunda [1997] with catalogue Plum Blossoms Gallery [1995]

Galerie Wagner & Shortgen [1997]

Galerie Sonia K [1990, 1992, 1993]
Galerie Protée [1999,2000, 2001, 2004]

Galerie Kashya Hildebrand [2005, 2006]

Galerie Nave Diez [1991, 1993, 1994]

Galerie Synthése [1993]

Galerie Art Actuel 1992,1993]

Sun Valley
Gail Severn Gallery "Senses" [2003]
"X's and O's" [2006] [2009]

Galerie Kashya Hildebrand [2005]

Galerie Kashya Hildebrand/Love of Art Gallery [2007]

Santa Fe
Allene Lapides Gallery [1995, 1998, 2000 with catalogue]

Kass/Meridian Gallery [1992]

Galerie Sonia K [1990, 1992, 1993]

Gallery Quintus "Cole Morgan" [1991] with catalogue
ML Design Gallery, A. Goemaerelei 32 [2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013]
ML Design Gallery, Leopoldstraat 53 [2013, 2014]

Quintus Fine Art [1989]
Galerie Guy Pieters [1993]
Piretti Art Gallery [2013]

Galerie Husstege [1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 with book "Cole Morgan" 96 pp., 2002, 2004]

Galerie Wiegand "Zeichnungen" [1980]

The Hague
Seasons Galleries [1977, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989,1999]

Museum Laerken, Denmark [retrospective with catalogue [2006]

Art fairs (selection)

New York
ART EXPO 80, GIN Gallery, The Netherlands [1980]
‘WORKS ON PAPER’, The Armory, Caldwell/Snyder Galleries, New York [1998, 1999]
ARTHAMPTON, Caldwell/Snyder Galleries [2010]

SALON DU MARS, Galerie Grafiart Helsinki, Finland [1995]

ART PARIS, Galerie Protee, Paris, France [1999, 2000, 2001, 2003]
 Gallery Kass/Meridian, Chicago, USA [1993]
, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Zurich, Switzerland [1994]
SALON DECOUVERTES, Galerie Sonia K, Lille [1992]

Hong Kong                          
ART ASIA, Galerie Nieuwe Weg, The Netherlands [1992]
Gallery Kass/Meridian, Chicago [1993]
Gallery Plum Blossoms, Hong Kong [1995]


Singapore                              ART TRESORS, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver Canada [1996]

ART SINGAPORE, Caldwell/Snyder Galleries, San Francisco USA, [2010]


Guadalajara                          EXPOARTE 95, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Finland [1995]


                                  ARTFI, Gallery Kass/Meridian, Chicago, USA [1992]


Los Angeles                        artLA, Caldwell/Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, USA [2010]

FADA Artfair, Caldwell/Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, USA,

Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada [2009, 2010]


Miami                                        ART MIAMI,
Galerie Nieuwe Weg, The Netherlands [1992, 1993] Gallery Kass/Meridian, Chicago [1994]

Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Zurich [1995]

Meza Art Gallery, Florida, [1996]

Caldwell/Snyder Galleries, San Francisco [2001, 2002, 2008-2010, 2012]

Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich [2007]


Seatle                                      SEATLE ART FAIR
Gallery Allene Lapides, Sante Fe, New Mexico [1996]

Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Vancouver, Canada [1997]


London                                    ART LONDON
Bushlen Mowatt Galleries, Vancouver, Canada [2000,2008]


Amsterdam                          KUNSTRAI

Galerie Contempo, The Netherlands [1996]

Galerie Mia Joosten, Galerie Husstege, The Netherlands [1997, 1998]

Galerie Mia Joosten [1999]
Galerie Contempo, The Netherlands [2002]
Galerie Contempo, The Netherlands, 2007, 2008, 2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Galerie Hüsstege, Mia Joosten, Galerie Contempo               [1991-2007]

Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands [2008, 2009, 2010,                       2011, 2012, 2013]


Bologna                                  BOLOGNA ART FAIR

Gallery Kass/Meridian, USA, [1993, 1994]

Galerie Naviglio, Italy [1997, 1998, 1999]



Caldwell/Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, [2002-2005, 2010-2012]


Maastricht                             PICTURA

Galerie Hüsstege, The Netherlands [1988, 1989, 1990]

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair)

Galerie Mia Joosten, The Netherlands [1991 – 2007]

Jaski Art Gallery, Amsterdam [2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012,2013]


Ghent                                       LINEART

Gallery Quintus , Antwerp, Belgium [1988, 1989]

Gallery Quintus and Galerie Root, Germany [1990, 1991, 1992]

Gallery Kass/Meridian, USA [1993]

Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Switzerland [1994]

Galerie Guy Pieters Knokke/Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium [1995,1996]



Cologne                                  ART COLOGNE

Jaski Art Gallery, Amsterdam [2012, 2013]

Blue Elephant, Steinach, Switzerland [2013]

Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Zurich [1994]

Galerie Naviglio, Milan [1996, 1997]

Caldwell/Snyder Galleries, San Francisco [2003]

Galerie Jorg Hasenbach, Antwerp [2004]


Galerie Leupi, Nottwill-Luzern [2003]


Zürich                                       KUNST ZURICH

Galerie Leupi, Switzerland [2002, 2003]

Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Switzerland [2004]


Munich                                    KUNSTMESSE MUNICH

Blue Elephant, Steinach, Switzerland [2011, 2013]

ART CLASSIX, Haus der Kunst, Blue Elepant [2013]


Baden Baden                      KUNSTMESSE BADEN BADEN

Blue Elephant, Steinach Switzerland [2013]

Strassbourg                         ART STRASSBOURG

Galerie Guy Pieters, Belgium [1996, 1997, 1998]


Milan                                         ART MILAN

Kashya Hildebrand, Switzerland [2006]


Frankfurt                                ART FRANKFURT

Galerie Artline, The Netherlands [1994]

TENDENCE, E.C.A. Editions, France [1997]

AMBIENTE, ECA. Editions, France [1998, 1999]


Toronto                                  TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR

Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Canada [2000, 2002, 2003]

Gallery Jones, Canada [2005, 2007]


Vienna                                      ART VIENNA

Galerie Leupi, Switzerland [2002]


Caracas                                    FERIA IBEROAMERICANA DE ARTE

Kass/Meridian, Chicago [1993]


Chicago                                   CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL ART EXPO

Caldwell/Snyder Galleries, San Francisco, [2002]


Beijing                                      CIGE

Galerie Willem Kerseboom, The Netherlands [2007]


Kashya Hildebrand, Switzerland [2008]


Dubai                                        DIFC GULF ART FAIR

Kashya Hildebrand, Switzerland [2007, 2008]


Seoul                                        KIAF

Korea International Art Fair, Kashya Hildebrand, Switzerland                                      [2007, 2008]





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The Honourable Michael Klosson, US Ambassador, Hong Kong
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