This watercolor-like painting on paper shows a tumultuous seascape with clouds of steam and mist as well as a yellow sun.
Aaron Morse is as influenced by the geography, history and mythology of the Southwest as he is by the language of advertising, collage and comics. The artist's work draws from: American Colonial History, 19th-century Romantic literature, travel and leisure propaganda, nature guides, hunting, whaling and 20th-century politics. Morse’s colorful and layered compositions evoke surreal, alternate worlds where space is ambiguous and tumultuous—combining reality and fantasy to explore ecological themes. The artist's large paintings and watercolors are exceptional for their technique and recall art forms ranging from Chinese landscape painting and Japanese woodblock prints to the drawings of outsider artist Henry Darger and the Beat era collages of Jess.
Combining the language of advertising and comics with the mythology of the Southwest, Aaron Morse’s work depicts alternate worlds where space is ambiguous and tumultuous. The artist’s large paintings and watercolors draw from a range of influences, including 19th-century Romantic literature, Chinese landscape painting, Japanese woodblock prints, the drawings of outsider artist Henry Darger and the collages of Beat-era artist Jess. Morse’s colorful and layered compositions explore both fantasy and reality, while simultaneously touching on ecological issues.