Kate Morgan's work in progress
23rd October 2017
These photographs show Kate Morgan painting in the Sierra Nevada mountains. "Spain is the birthplace and home of many of my favourite artists - Dali, Picasso, Goya and Miro to name but a few", she says. "What I like about Dali, in particular, is that his location was almost irrelevant to the subject of his painting. Wherever he was, he painted what was in his imagination and this resonates with my own approach to the way that I work. As I sit in a café in a quaint Spanish square absorbing the sunshine and watching the world go by, I contemplate what's next for my painting. I'm still imagining worlds to transport me (and anyone who sees it) to a familiar yet unfamiliar world, incorporating creatures that we all will recognise and some that we will not."
At present, Kate finds herself increasingly drawn to the ecosystems in the Americas; particularly the rainforests of the Amazon. "I am enjoying experimenting with, and creating, environments inspired by the diverse habitats of this part of the natural world. As with the little known and largely unexplored areas of the Amazon, I like the landscapes in my work to be untroubled by humankind, giving me the opportunity to imagine ones where new species and exciting wildlife could flourish - fusing known environments with magical realism."
The images here show something that she is currently working on in her temporary and inspiring Spanish studio. This piece is an original watercolour painting on handmade rag paper. It will be seven foot when it is framed and is going to be exhibited at the Art for Youth exhibition at the Mall Galleries this December.
For more information on Kate and her work, visit katemorganstudio.com.