Cole Morgan

Biography

Resembling enigmatic diagrams, charts, and games, yet situated just within the realm of abstraction, Cole Morgan’s paintings combine meticulous, focused detail with a sense of deep, open-ended mystery. Originally trained as a draftsman, Morgan combines his masterful skill in realistic drawing with an appreciation for the material joys of paint and color. Saturated pigments—cobalt blue, bright crimson, lime green—seem especially brilliant against his painting’s light-infused backgrounds.

Morgan’s shapes cast shadows, their rounded forms seeming to rise out of the painting: “A false thing pretending to be a real thing,” as Morgan has noted. His works hover between logic and imagination: gridlines dissolve into spontaneous drips; text appears almost legible, but vanishes behind ghostly overlays. Yet despite the apparent intervention of random events, each painting constitutes an exquisitely wrought pattern. “Every square millimeter of canvas is controlled,” Morgan has said. “There are no ‘accidents’ in my compositions.” Through his labor-intensive process of layering and re-layering, modeling and drawing, Morgan sets up compelling tensions between form and formlessness, abstraction and representation.

Morgan’s work has been exhibited internationally at the CIGE, Beijing; the Korea International Art Fair; Galerie Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, and Museum Laerken Nykobing Falster, Denmark, among many others.

Born

1950 New York, USA.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2022  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2020  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

           Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.

           Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

           Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.

           Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2011 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2010 SF Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angelos, CA.

           Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2008 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Red Dot Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2007 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Korea International Art Fair, CIGE, Beijing, China.

2006 TEFAF Maastricht, Galerie Mi a Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Milan, Milan, Italy.

           Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland.

           Museum Laerken, Nykobing Falster, Denmark.

           Oisterwijk Sculpture, Etienne & Van Loon Contemporary

           Fine Art, Oisterwijk, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Galerie Jorg Hasenbach, Antwerp, Belgium.

2005 TEFAF Maastricht, Galerie Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Fair Den Bosch, Galerie Husstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands.

           KUNST RAI, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

           Oisterwijk Sculpture, Etienne & Van Loon Contemporary

           Fine Art, Oisterwijk, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Galerie Jorg Hasenbach, Antwerp, Belgium.

           Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada.

           Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada.

2004 SF International Art Exposition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Art Rotterdam, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

           TEFAF Maastricht, Galeria Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           National Glass Museum Ledeerman, Netherlands.

           PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Hüsstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands.

           Galerie Laerkin, Nykobing Falster, Denmark.

           Galerie Protee, Paris, France.

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Selected Artworks

ShelfLife

ShelfLife

Mixed Media in Canvas

39 x 39 Inches

220271

Plus Plus Plus

Plus Plus Plus

Mixed Media on Canvas

75 x 63 Inches

220270

BLDGS

BLDGS

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 26 Inches

220269

Rains B

Rains B

Mixed Media on Canvas

19 x 15 inches

210655

Pearl House

Pearl House

Mixed Media on Canvas

17 x 14 iches

210654

Flap

Flap

Mixed Media on Canvas

19 x 15 inches

210653

Escapees

Escapees

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 26 inches

210652

Capsisions

Capsisions

Mixed Media on Canvas

59 x 39 inches

210651

A Let's Light In

A Let's Light In

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 26 inches

210650

28 Doubles & One

28 Doubles & One

Mixed Media on Canvas

51 x 39 inches

210649

9 False Squares

9 False Squares

Mixed Media on Canvas

28 x 28 inches

210648

4 Part Screen

4 Part Screen

Mixed Media on Canvas

51 x 39 inches

210647

Imitation I

Imitation I

Mixed Media on Canvas

59 x 59 inches

210284

Used Alphabet

Used Alphabet

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 26 inches

210239

Shrine

Shrine

Mixed Media on Canvas

39 x 28 inches

210238

One White 8

One White 8

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 75 inches

210237

3 is Out

3 is Out

Mixed Media on Canvas

39 x 26 inches

210236

Extrusions 4

Extrusions 4

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 26 inches

210176

16 Over Arc

16 Over Arc

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 26 inches

200081

Vert Over Hor

Vert Over Hor

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 26 inches

200074

e NOT E

e NOT E

Mixed Media on Canvas

26 x 26 inches

170169

Stick Tricks #3

Stick Tricks #3

Mixed Media on Canvas

51 x 63 inches

160150

Cone Dance

Cone Dance

Mixed Media on Canvas

87 x 71 inches

140704

Variations of One

Variations of One

Mixed Media on Canvas

39 x 39 inches

110754

Private Island

Private Island

Mixed Media on Canvas

31 x 31 inches

110216

Heavy Traffic | SOLD

Heavy Traffic | SOLD

Mixed Media on Canvas

39 x 51 inches

110206

Born

1950 New York, USA.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2022  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2020  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

           Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.

           Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

           Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.

           Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2011 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2010 SF Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angelos, CA.

           Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2008 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Red Dot Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2007 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Korea International Art Fair, CIGE, Beijing, China.

2006 TEFAF Maastricht, Galerie Mi a Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Milan, Milan, Italy.

           Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland.

           Museum Laerken, Nykobing Falster, Denmark.

           Oisterwijk Sculpture, Etienne & Van Loon Contemporary

           Fine Art, Oisterwijk, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Galerie Jorg Hasenbach, Antwerp, Belgium.

2005 TEFAF Maastricht, Galerie Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           Art Fair Den Bosch, Galerie Husstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands.

           KUNST RAI, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

           Oisterwijk Sculpture, Etienne & Van Loon Contemporary

           Fine Art, Oisterwijk, Netherlands.

           Art Cologne, Galerie Jorg Hasenbach, Antwerp, Belgium.

           Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada.

           Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada.

2004 SF International Art Exposition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Art Rotterdam, Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

           TEFAF Maastricht, Galeria Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

           National Glass Museum Ledeerman, Netherlands.

           PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Hüsstege, Den Bosch, Netherlands.

           Galerie Laerkin, Nykobing Falster, Denmark.

           Galerie Protee, Paris, France.

Resembling enigmatic diagrams, charts, and games, yet situated just within the realm of abstraction, Cole Morgan’s paintings combine meticulous, focused detail with a sense of deep, open-ended mystery. Originally trained as a draftsman, Morgan combines his masterful skill in realistic drawing with an appreciation for the material joys of paint and color. Saturated pigments—cobalt blue, bright crimson, lime green—seem especially brilliant against his painting’s light-infused backgrounds.

Morgan’s shapes cast shadows, their rounded forms seeming to rise out of the painting: “A false thing pretending to be a real thing,” as Morgan has noted. His works hover between logic and imagination: gridlines dissolve into spontaneous drips; text appears almost legible, but vanishes behind ghostly overlays. Yet despite the apparent intervention of random events, each painting constitutes an exquisitely wrought pattern. “Every square millimeter of canvas is controlled,” Morgan has said. “There are no ‘accidents’ in my compositions.” Through his labor-intensive process of layering and re-layering, modeling and drawing, Morgan sets up compelling tensions between form and formlessness, abstraction and representation.

Morgan’s work has been exhibited internationally at the CIGE, Beijing; the Korea International Art Fair; Galerie Mia Joosten, Amsterdam, and Museum Laerken Nykobing Falster, Denmark, among many others.

Cole Morgan
Biography

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Cole Morgan

"Although I abandoned the hyper-realist drawings on paper, I did take one very important element of that period with me to the non-figurative period. The use of shadow. The shadow is meant to give a credible three-dimensionality to the otherwise abstract forms. Makes them whimsical from a distance and adds just a little intrigue. A false thing pretending to be a real thing. And I'm going to let you discover that."

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