Morton Kaish is an American artist whose paintings, drawings, and prints can be found in major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the British Museum.
“I’d say that the simplest flower or the tiniest butterfly may be as close to a miracle as we come in our day-to-day lives,” said Kaish. “Nature seems to reach out to us to say something of the mystery and wonder of it all. It may be the sprawl of wildflowers across a meadow or an unexpected flicker of wings where sea meets sky — that will catch the eye and the imagination. And some part of us wants to reply, ‘I was here. I saw this. I felt this.’”
Kaish’s light- and color-filled works combine both traditional and experimental painting techniques with contemporary insight. His paintings are inspired by a passion for the world around him, which he continues to explore in a diversity of mediums.
Kaish is professor emeritus in the School of Art and Design at FIT/SUNY and has served as artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College; the University of Washington, Seattle; and Haifa University, Israel, as well as on the faculties of the New School, the National Academy, and the Art Students League of New York.
“An Eye for Nature: Paintings and Prints by Morton Kaish” is on view through May 5, 2019, at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (West Palm Beach, Florida).