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Patrick Morgan - Fine Artist

Patrick Morgan

Desert Hot Springs, CA - United States

 
 
 

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Patrick Morgan

Desert Hot Springs, CA - United States

Patrick Morgan - Fine Artist

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About Patrick Morgan

Online gallery links: www.patrickmorgangallery.pixels.com http://www.saatchiart.com/patrickjmorgan
Patrick grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was fortunate to grow up at a time when both art and music were still a part of the public school curriculum. In high school he had two particularly influential art teachers who taught him both technique and to explore anything and everything when it came to materials that could be transformed into art. He also excelled musically, playing both clarinet and saxophone while in school.
After his first year in university at UC Santa Cruz, Patrick took a year off to explore working in a Jungian treatment center for mentally ill adolescents. Then he went to Europe. He was able to get a special art visa to visit the Mt. Athos region of Greece. The spiritual and sacred art of the Greek Orthodox Church was fascinating, especially compared to the earlier period of classic Greek and Minoan art and sculpture. Sketchbook in hand, along with extensive journal writing and reading a wide variety of classic and early 20th century writers he packed a great deal of education into one year away from traditional schooling. When he returned to the US he resumed his academic studies at the Jesuit founded New College of California, known for its progressive politics and social activism.
After completing his degree in Humanities by studying the cooperatives in Santa Cruz County he began to study modern dance with Tandy Beal. Soon he joined the Christopher Beck Dance Company in San Francisco while developing his own style of choreography, largely based on improvisation and symbolic gestures. Dance led to performance art, roles in theater, independent films and most importantly, collaborations with computer graphic artists in the new field of video art. His video dance and performance work has been seen on PBS, the BBC and the Mill Valley Film and Video Festival. Live performances of what Patrick calls “dancing and painting at the same time” these video collaborations inspired him to move from the sketchbook to painting on canvas and other materials.
In 1985 he began painting on clothing after a stranger came up to him while he was wearing a dinner jacket painted by a friend. The stranger told him that his jacket was the best piece of art in the exhibition at San Francisco’s Modern Art Museum. A few weeks later, while developing a concert series of Windham Hill recording artists to be held at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley, he wore a jacket painted in fluorescent and metallic paint to a business meeting at Jeremiah Tower’s restaurant, Stars, in San Francisco. When he walked in the crowd burst into applause. Patrick looked around to see what the excitement was and soon realized they were applauding the jacket! This was followed by Jeremiah Tower bringing a bottle of fine champagne to the table along with a wide smile of happy encouragement. A hit was born, soon to be followed by press in the San Francisco Chronicle and a lot of orders for painted clothing. Some of the paintings on exhibit here were done at the same time period in the mid 1980’s.
After several years of intense work Patrick’s inner voice told him he needed a change. So he moved to Seattle and took a job as Director of Subud USA, a spiritual and charitable organization. He occasionally showed a piece or two of art in group shows but mostly this was a time of inner exploration. He began having lucid dreams and unusual spiritual guidance. This led him to adventures in Asia and to a philanthropic project benefitting children affected by HIV/AIDS. He has written about some of these experiences in personal essays on medium.com. The link is https://medium.com/@patrickntobydog/
By 1993 the art muse began to call again. Inspired by the unusual texture of abandoned pressboard found at a construction site Patrick painted a series called “Signs of Adam”. With a circular and unspoken spiritual theme he had his first solo show in Seattle at Fast Forward, a trendy clothing store downtown. This was followed by his most prolific period of drawing and painting. He took his sketchbook almost everywhere, drawing elements of the Seattle Scene: drag queens, musicians, singers, everyday people and landscapes of wherever he happened to be. This was the time of “grunge” a word he does not find particularly descriptive of the magic of the period, when people came from all over to experience the creative energy that was in the air in the early to mid 1990’s in Seattle. He did solo shows in unusual places like a drag queen’s studio or trendy restaurants. At one art opening guests were smoking pot outdoors while a rumored DEA agent stared at one painting for an unusually long time. The agent/viewer was trying to figure out how he had captured the detail of a painting and collage of chocolate candy and didn’t care a bit about the pot smokers outside.
Next, in 1995 he visited a friend at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. While there for a weekend Patrick occupied himself by getting some materials at a hardware store and did a painting. The painting might still be in the basement of the hotel since his friend was known for not paying his rent. Six months later Patrick returned to Manhattan for a few months to both paint and exhibit at the small Keoma gallery on Elizabeth Street near Soho. He did a series of oil mono prints on rice paper and did a slide show called Ostrich Egg Number 1 projected onto the building across the street from the gallery.
If you have seen the movie “Basquiat”, about the artist Jean Michele Basquiat, you may recall the character Duckman. Al the Duckman lived in an apartment behind the Keoma gallery on Elizabeth St. Al passed away just before the art show opened in spring of 1996. Duckman allegedly sold duck toys to tourists and duck toys with packets of heroin to local folks. The drug scene was intense in New York. Basquiat died at age 27 from a heroin overdose. The art show was the first and last at the gallery on Elizabeth Street.
Patrick didn’t like the feeling of captivity in Manhattan and missed the outdoors of the West Coast. By late spring of 1996 he returned to Seattle, working one summer outdoors as a gypsy moth trapper. He submitted an image of Ostrich Egg No. 1 and was selected for a group show at the Seattle Art Museum. Then he returned to the Bay Area to care for his aging parents. He worked in a series of tech start-ups and began painting on glass. He loves the vivid colors and unusual way that paint, ink and varnishes blend together to find their own balance in surprising new forms.
About 10 years ago Patrick was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, followed by a series of other neuromuscular disorders. This stopped him from drawing but he still finds that now and then he must “dance with colors”. In 2015 he did another series of smaller paintings on glass, combining ink, paint and varnishes into abstract forms that delight the eye and inspire the imagination.

Selected Art Shows Patrick Morgan

Solo Shows
Mixed Media Works, Elizabeth St./Keoma Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1996
23 Prints, Shandong Institute, Jinan, Peoples Republic of China 1995
Digital Prints, Moe’s Mo’roc’n Café, Seattle, WA 1995
New Works in Color, House of Lagoona, Seattle, WA 1995
Colored Pigments on Pressed Wood, The Oven, Seattle, WA 1993
“Signs of Adam”, Paintings on Wood, Fast Forward Gallery, Seattle, WA 1993

Group Shows
Paintings on Glass, Summer Arts Show, Cathedral City, CA 2009
Hayward Arts Council Show, Green Shutter Gallery, Hayward, CA 2001
Seattle Art Museum Group show, Seattle, WA 1996
Sea-Tac City Hall, City of Sea-Tac, WA 1996
Eucalyptus, 5 Emerging Artists, Seattle, WA 1996
Erotic Art Show, Lusty Lady Lobby Gallery, Seattle, WA 1995
Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA 1993
Harmonious Planet Invitational, Denver, CO 1992
Art Not Terminal, Seattle, WA 4 shows 1989-1992


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Yellow Abstract by Patrick Morgan
 

Yellow Abstract by Patrick Morgan

The Devil is a Road to the Car by Patrick Morgan
 

The Devil is a Road to the Car by Patrick Morgan

Robert and Susan by Patrick Morgan
 

Robert and Susan by Patrick Morgan

Butterfly by Patrick Morgan
 

Butterfly by Patrick Morgan

Pascal by Patrick Morgan
 

Pascal by Patrick Morgan

Penguin Surfing on Horse by Patrick Morgan
 

Penguin Surfing on Horse by Patrick Morgan

Dancing in the Forest by Patrick Morgan
 

Dancing in the Forest by Patrick Morgan

Itzamana Costa Rica by Patrick Morgan
 

Itzamana Costa Rica by Patrick Morgan

The Cloud by Patrick Morgan
 

The Cloud by Patrick Morgan

Ostrich Egg # 1 by Patrick Morgan
 

Ostrich Egg # 1 by Patrick Morgan

Raindrops by Patrick Morgan
 

Raindrops by Patrick Morgan

Swimming Koi Fish by Patrick Morgan
 

Swimming Koi Fish by Patrick Morgan

Glass Painting 24 detail 5 by Patrick Morgan
 

Glass Painting 24 detail 5 by Patrick Morgan

Sleeping Dog by Patrick Morgan
 

Sleeping Dog by Patrick Morgan

Sacred Canoe Journey by Patrick Morgan
 

Sacred Canoe Journey by Patrick Morgan

Self Portrait While Napping by Patrick Morgan
 

Self Portrait While Napping by Patrick Morgan

Angel on the Mountain  by Patrick Morgan
 

Angel on the Mountain by Patrick Morgan

Angel on the Mountain with Rainbow by Patrick Morgan
 

Angel on the Mountain with Rainbow by Patrick Morgan

Koi Fish by Patrick Morgan
 

Koi Fish by Patrick Morgan

Mt. San Jacinto Palm Springs by Patrick Morgan
 

Mt. San Jacinto Palm Springs by Patrick Morgan

Mt. San Jacinto in Clouds by Patrick Morgan
 

Mt. San Jacinto in Clouds by Patrick Morgan

Bunny Rabbit by Patrick Morgan
 

Bunny Rabbit by Patrick Morgan

Clover Flowers by Patrick Morgan
 

Clover Flowers by Patrick Morgan

Rose by Patrick Morgan
 

Rose by Patrick Morgan

Water Jewel by Patrick Morgan
 

Water Jewel by Patrick Morgan

Glass Painting 23 detail 1 by Patrick Morgan
 

Glass Painting 23 detail 1 by Patrick Morgan

Plumeria Flower by Patrick Morgan
 

Plumeria Flower by Patrick Morgan

Blade of Grass by Patrick Morgan
 

Blade of Grass by Patrick Morgan

Manzanita Bark by Patrick Morgan
 

Manzanita Bark by Patrick Morgan

Prayer Flags by Patrick Morgan
 

Prayer Flags by Patrick Morgan

Temple in Bhutan by Patrick Morgan
 

Temple in Bhutan by Patrick Morgan

Camellia Closeup by Patrick Morgan
 

Camellia Closeup by Patrick Morgan

Camellia in Rain by Patrick Morgan
 

Camellia in Rain by Patrick Morgan

Galaxy by Patrick Morgan
 

Galaxy by Patrick Morgan

Golden Gate Bridge by Patrick Morgan
 

Golden Gate Bridge by Patrick Morgan

Statue of Liberty by Patrick Morgan
 

Statue of Liberty by Patrick Morgan

Luminous Rain by Patrick Morgan
 

Luminous Rain by Patrick Morgan

Untitled by Patrick Morgan
 

Untitled by Patrick Morgan

California by Patrick Morgan
 

California by Patrick Morgan

Musical Realms by Patrick Morgan
 

Musical Realms by Patrick Morgan

Leap by Patrick Morgan
 

Leap by Patrick Morgan

Moms Favorite Drawing by Patrick Morgan
 

Moms Favorite Drawing by Patrick Morgan

Torso by Patrick Morgan
 

Torso by Patrick Morgan

King of Manhattan by Patrick Morgan
 

King of Manhattan by Patrick Morgan

Boot by Patrick Morgan
 

Boot by Patrick Morgan

Salon Betty Zoe at The Easy by Patrick Morgan
 

Salon Betty Zoe at The Easy by Patrick Morgan

Central Park Early Spring by Patrick Morgan
 

Central Park Early Spring by Patrick Morgan

Glass Painting 22 detail 2  by Patrick Morgan
 

Glass Painting 22 detail 2 by Patrick Morgan

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