A New Light is the latest exhibition of landscape and figurative works by visual artist, Michael Morgan, now showing at 1842 Gallery in Launceston. This exhibition follows his recent successful major exhibition held last November at Art at The Point Gallery on Bruny Island where he lives.
1842 Gallery: Light on Michael Morgan
by Gabrielle Morgan
At the opening, 1842 Gallery Director, Trevor Jones, introduced Morgan who gave an illuminating talk on the influence of light on an artist’s work to an appreciative audience of invited guests. Morgan mentioned the painter, John Glover, who came to visit Tasmania in 1831 and stayed. “The intensity of the Australian light altered the course of Glover’s landscape work from being very English in style to becoming innovative with new colour and form.”
In a recent visit to Shetland, UK, Morgan said he himself experienced another kind of light and had to adjust to the visual shock in reverse of Glover’s experience. He also discussed the interest in the study of light by early and later Greek cultures.
Morgan loves paint. He is known for his powerful imagery, bold brush work and use of strong vibrant colours. Nature and the world around him are a source of constant inspiration. He has an ingenuity of expression which he constantly transfers to large canvases or murals. The works in this exhibition are smaller than he usually shows which puts them more within the range of some art buyers.
1842 Gallery Launceston: Something Old, Something New
A visit to the 1842 Gallery complex in one of Launceston’s oldest commercial buildings is a delightful experience. The retail showroom was the original Counting House of Johnstone and Wilmot’s wholesale grocery business. The furniture workshop and exhibition space are in the warehouse section. Director, Trevor Jones, designs and makes beautiful studio furniture in his on-site workshop. Each piece is handcrafted using traditional methods and tools.
1842 Gallery also exhibits hand-made furniture and wood products by other northern Tasmanian craftsman, along with art and glassware by some of Tasmania’s finest artists and specialises in genuine early 20th Century art nouveau. Hourly historic walking tours of the city can be arranged by the gallery.
1842 Gallery is situated on the corner of St. John and Cimitiere Streets in the Launceston city centre. Telephone (03) 6331 2213 for more information.
Michael and Gabrielle Morgan moved from Phillip Island in Victoria to live on Bruny Island last March. The semi-seclusion suits them both; Gabrielle likes to pursue her writing interests, while Michael paints. Gabrielle has been published in regional newspapers and magazines; since researching her family history she has published four genealogy articles. She was fascinated by links to Tasmania with some of her forbears. This has intensified her interest in Tasmania and she has been reading much of its history since arriving here.
Photos supplied to Think Tasmania by Gabrielle Morgan.