This diaphanous painting features a hyper-realistic figure that ebbs into and out of focus, merging into landscape or diffusing gently into a painterly fog. The calm precision of Morgan’s deliberate brush stroke has a razor’s edge quality; it can be quick and expressive as well as invisible and exact. This work draws inspiration from both medieval painting and historical landscape. The artist also uses symbolism to expand on the concept of a "heaven on earth." Morgan’s paintings examine the elemental relationship between human connection, collective power and the natural world.
Jenny Morgan’s diaphanous paintings are inhabited by hyper-realistic figures that ebb in and out of focus—sometimes merging into the landscape or diffusing gently into a painterly fog. The artist’s compositions sometimes draw inspiration from medieval painting and historical landscape, using symbolism to expand on the idea of ‘heaven on earth.’ Morgan’s work examines the elemental relationship between human connection, collective power and the natural world.
Jenny Morgan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1982. The artist holds a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado.
Solo exhibitions of Morgan’s work have taken place in: New York City; London, UK; Colorado; Utah; Indiana; and New Mexico. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition, Skin Deep, took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in Colorado in 2017. Her 2013 solo exhibition How To Find A Ghost was named one of the top 100 fall shows worldwide by Modern Painters.
Numerous group exhibitions have shown Morgan’s work, including at: the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC; 92Y Tribeca in New York City; and Postmasters Gallery in Rome, Italy.
Morgan’s work is represented in the collections of: the Purdue University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut; the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville in Florida; the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan; the University of Maryland’s Stamp Student Union Art Collection in College Park, Maryland; New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan; as well as major private collections throughout the world.
Morgan’s work has received critical attention in numerous publications, including articles in: Whitewall; Modern Painters; The Village Voice; The Denver Post; and the cover feature of Juxtapoz in May 2013. Morgan has realized several portraiture commissions for publications, including The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine.
Morgan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.