Plein air painter Jamie Morgan takes viewers “Into the Wild” as his appreciation for the vitality of nature shines through at the Arte Verissima Gallery & Studio.
Nature always finds a way to persist and adapt to a variety of disasters and alterations, including those of human beings. Although towns and cities continue to expand, we are often — and need to be — reminded of the vitality of nature and the energy it emanates. Painter Jamie Morgan has always possessed an admiration for nature’s ability to persist, and these ideas come to the fore within “Into the Wild,” a solo exhibition of the artist’s latest work at Arte Verissima Gallery & Studio in Oakland, California.

Jamie Morgan, “Sibley I,” oil on linen, 12 x 16 in. Jamie Morgan 2015

Lessons in color, form, and meaning gathered from experiences outdoors are highlighted in works such as “Marina Oak.” At center one finds a dark tree in shade — a natural focal point with sharp contrasts to the sky. A broad range of green and blue hues are playfully layered and patterned below to image the shrubs and grasses. Morgan’s expressive and loose brushwork vibrates the surface, giving it movement and life. One is reminded of the subtle presence of humans through the fence posts toward the left edge of the picture as well as the street lamps that stand along the horizon.
“Into the Wild” opens tomorrow, August 7, and will be on view through September 13.
To learn more, visit the Arte Verissima Gallery & Studio.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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