Meighan Morrison

About Meighan

I am excited by the accident, how it foils the plan, unceremoniously rerouting the vision. And contrast - light/dark, rough/smooth, bold/delicate. The idea that one cannot exist without the other… life/death, pain/joy, man/woman. That moment when opposites meet and determine each other. Inside this little place we can sometimes catch a glimpse of a real life unearthliness. This is where I am hoping to go when I set out to paint. I was traditionally schooled in the chiaroscuro method. “Chiaro from the Italian word meaning light and “scuro” meaning dark. I applied this to the figure and portrait, then simplified landscapes eventually arriving at a place of pure abstraction, a further distillation of color, light, movement, and form.

My paintings usually begin as a vague inspiration or simply a first mark on canvas. Sometimes I build layers and other times take the leap of faith of a single bold stroke. I prefer to work large on unstretched linen or paper on the floor which frees up the perspective and lands a physicality. Throughout the process I try to respect the accident and recognize the point at which the work begs to inform itself.

I studied in the fine art department at Boston University before transferring to Parsons School of Design in New York City. I later took various fine art coursework at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I then spent more than twenty years neglecting my painting to raise my children on my own. I have been a children’s book author and illustrator (published by Scholastic) and worked as a textile, graphic, and interior designer.

A few years ago I allowed myself to begin painting again in earnest and I immediately realised how relevant all those previous roles have been in informing my current work. I am very grateful to have veered off my initial course for as long and as far as I did… always respect the accident.

My paintings are part of private collections in Europe and America including political figures and distinguished members of the entertainment industry. Recently work was acquired by the New Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT and commissioned for the newly restored Art Deco landmark, 100 Barclay, in the Tribeca neighborhood of NYC.