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A Dose of Culture in Adams Morgan – MFA blog feature by Craig Meklir

18 Aug

 

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A Dose of Culture in Adams Morgan

CRAIG MEKLIR AUGUST 18, 2016

If you’re in Adams Morgan and you’re feeling fine, stop in to Morton Fine Art and get a dose of culture.

Adams Morgan may be best known for its bars and nightlife, but you should visit during the day and check out Morton — it’s quiet and dignified, but edgy and au courant.

Morton Fine Art Washington DC

Morton Fine Art wears many hats. They want you to come look at the art and appreciate it, but they also want you to start collecting it. Morton offers advice to the burgeoning collector via a professional consultant. Not only will they help you choose the art, they’ll come to your home or office and install it for you in the best possible spot. You’ll grow to love it more every day.

Their dynamic model of changing exhibits means you always get a fresh selection. And because some of the most educated art minds are selecting what hangs on the gallery’s walls, you know you’re choosing from only the best.

Gallery owner and founder Amy Morton says an important part of collecting art is knowing what you like, and the best way to learn is to look at as many different types of art as possible. So get out there and spend some time in some of the DMV’s smaller galleries!

Morton’s, 1781 Florida Ave. NW, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Click HERE to read Craig Michael Meklir’s blog.

Click HERE to visit Morton Fine Art’s website.

 

MAYA FREELON ASANTE featured in Callaloo Art & Culture in the African Diaspora

14 Jun
We are proud to announce that artist MAYA FREELON ASANTE has been prominently featured in the journal – Callaloo Art & Culture in the African Diaspora – published by  The Johns Hopkins University Press. Founded in 1976 by Editor Charles Henry Rowell, this renowned journal celebrates 40 years in print.
MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s feature can be found in Volume 38, Number 4, Pages 801-804 and 896-898. Some of you may recognize your acquisitions featured!
Contact Morton Fine Art for the full pdf version. 
Morton Fine Art
1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 628-2787
mortonfineart@gmail.com

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NATALIE CHEUNG’s Blue Watercolors series in DC Modern Luxury Magazine

5 Apr

Click HERE to view NATALIE CHEUNG’s feature

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Natalie Cheung, Untitled (Blue), 12″x12″, watercolor on paper

About NATALIE CHEUNG’s Blue Watercolor Series:

“My watercolors, are painted in several types of blue but one color specifically chosen is French Ultramarine. The choice of ultramarine references the discovery and usage of the first blue paint pigments around 1704, a tremendously important color used throughout history and discovered accidentally. My paintings reference the beginnings of both painting and photography, visually similar to the earliest cyanotypes.” ~Natalie Cheung on her latest medium referencing the historical use of cyanotype photographic process for blue prints.

 

About NATALIE CHEUNG:

Born in Falls Church, Virginia, NATALIE CHEUNG received her MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her BFA in Photography from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Art Houston and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. CHEUNG has taught at George Washington University as well as the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Temple University, Tyler School of Art. She is represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC.

View available work by NATALIE CHEUNG here.

Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 628-2787, mortonfineart@gmail.com, http://www.mortonfineart.com

 

 

Artwork in KESHA BRUCE’s “Magic Spells & Reminders”

1 Mar

Don’t miss KESHA BRUCE’s solo exhibition “Magic Spells & Reminders”. On view at Morton Fine Art through March 17, 2016.

 

EXHIBITION LOCATION

Morton Fine Art (MFA)
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Sts)
Washington, DC 20009

HOURS

Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

 

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About Magic Spells & Reminders

Magical-Spiritual belief is at the root of every artwork I create.  “Magic Spells & Reminders” began as a series of reoccurring shapes which appeared within my daily drawings.  These shapes soon solidified and grew into a set of symbols that I began to think of as a personal, magical alphabet.
Influenced by the dry heat and jagged, volcanic peaks of the Superstition Mountains, over the last 6 months I have created a spiritual lexicon inspired by endless sunlight and expansive blue sky of my new home in the Sonoran desert. Unlike my past work, these new works aren’t necessarily narrative in nature, rather they are intended to act as catalysts and reminders to bring about change.
The symbols themselves do not have fixed meanings. In fact, individual symbols may have several meanings, determined primarily by their placement within the painting and their juxtaposition to adjacent symbols. Just as many spiritual paths regard “speaking in tongues” as being a private language between a believer and The Divine, I regard the symbols I’ve created as a subconscious, visual vocabulary that represents spiritual concepts and ideas that range from the concrete to the ethereal and intangible.
The paintings I’ve created for “Magic Spells & Reminders” are meant to act as visual reminders of both spiritual and creative intent, tools or reflection and healing, statements of personal power, and in some cases a call to arms.
-KESHA BRUCE, 2016
 
Magic Spells & Reminders marks KESHA BRUCE‘s 5th solo exhibition at Morton Fine Art.
Morton Fine Art
1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 628-2787
mortonfineart@gmail.com

VONN SUMNER’s “New Ancient Pictures” reviewed in the Washington Post

19 Nov

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November 13 at 12:40 PM

 

Vonn Sumner

Would it be misleading to call Vonn Sumner’s art “Homeric?” The California artist’s “New Ancient Pictures” features paintings of men he calls “warriors” rendered in a blue-free palette partly inspired by the lack of that color in the language of the “Iliad” and “Odyssey.” But the Morton Fine Art show doesn’t literally portray classical-world combatants. The four warrior pictures are self-portraits of a sort, and feature a man who carries a garbage can and lid as armor and shield, and a broom as his sword. Other paintings have even less connection to heroic legends of the bygone Mediterranean.

Sumner is a representational artist who explores traditional media. These pieces are mostly oils on panels, and a previous Morton show included his temperas. But the artist demonstrates his modernity by working from photos — often of himself — and using large blocks of pure color. He flattens perspective, which suits such paintings as “Pink Theatre,” a depiction of a shallowly articulated building facade. Among the surrealist elements are elaborate masks and, in “Hovering,” a figure who’s prone in midair. The least interesting picture in the series is “Palette 1,” an abstraction that really isn’t one: It’s actually a daubed record of all the reds, grays and blacks that Sumner used to paint this un-blued demimonde.

New Ancient Pictures: Vonn Sumner On view through Nov. 21 at Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave. NW. 202-628-2787.www.mortonfineart.com.

Pink Theatre, 24"x24", oil on panel

Pink Theatre, 24″x24″, oil on panel

 

Vonn Sumner, Hovering, 24"x24", oil on panel

Vonn Sumner, Hovering, 24″x24″, oil on panel

 

VONN SUMNER, Palette 1, 2015, 33"x28", oil on jutte

VONN SUMNER, Palette 1, 2015, 33″x28″, oil on jutte

VONN SUMNER’s solo “New Ancient Pictures” at Morton Fine Art

10 Nov
Neo Byzantine Square, 24"x24", oil on canvas

Neo Byzantine Square, 24″x24″, oil on canvas

New Ancient Pictures

A solo exhibition of oil paintings by VONN SUMNER
Friday, November 6th – November 24th, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION 
Friday, November 6th 6pm-8pm
ARTIST TALK
Saturday, November 21st 3pm-4pm
Pink Theatre, 24"x24", oil on panel

Pink Theatre, 24″x24″, oil on panel

EXHIBITION LOCATION

Morton Fine Art (MFA)
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Sts)
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 628-2787
mortonfineart@gmail.com
HOURS

Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Warrior Moving, 2015, 12"x12", oil on panel

Warrior Moving, 2015, 12″x12″, oil on panel

About New Ancient Pictures
In the Spring of 2011, at the Phillips Collection here in Washington, I saw an exhibition of Philip Guston’s paintings made while he was traveling in Rome in 1971. Around the same time I came across the idea that in the original Homeric tales of the Iliad and the Odyssey there is no mention of the color “blue”-that even though those stories take place under skies and over oceans, the color palette of those stories is mostly: red, yellow, black, grey and white. That idea, whether true or not, was exciting to me and related directly to the palette that Guston was using in the Roma pictures. All of this coincided with a time in my life when I have moved several times between states, and across coasts, so that somehow the mythic tales of Homer and the aesthetic travels of Guston felt personally related to my own search for a sense of ‘home’, for personal transformation, and for a feeling of artistic renewal. The paintings in this show are a result of those artistic influences, mixed with my own subjective experience of our shared, observable world.
-VONN SUMNER
 
Mirror, 26.25″x20.75″, oil on canvas
Vonn Sumner in his studio, Courtesy of the Artist
About VONN SUMNER
 
“Vonn Sumner’s fine paintings are equivocal visual wonders. They are painted worlds that reflect a bright clarity interrupted by mysterious bewilderments.
Ideas and concepts are overwhelmed by empathic feelings suspending us in a tension between answers and questions provoking and teasing us into a long and careful looking…perhaps, the look of a lifetime?”
~Wayne Thiebaud, 2015
 
VONN CUMMINGS SUMNER grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area,
the son of a picture framer in an artistic family. Frequent trips to museums as well as travel in Europe, Central America and India, shaped Sumner’s visual aesthetic during his formative years. He attended the University of California at Davis, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree and an M.F.A. in painting. While at UC Davis he worked closely with Wayne Thiebaud  both as a student and as a teaching assistant. He also took summer classes at the San Francisco Art Institute and is influenced by the Bay Area Figurative movement that centered around that school in the postwar period.
Sumner has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1997. He has been featured or reviewed in many publications including NewAmerican Paintings, Elle Décor, The Washington Post, L.A. Weekly, Art Ltd., Riviera magazine, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, Cartwheel, and featured on the cover of Boom magazine and Quick Fiction. Sumner has had two solo museum exhibitions – Vonn Sumner: The Other Side of Here– at the Riverside Art Museum in 2008 and Vonn Sumner: Stages,  in 2011 at the Phillips Museum of Art in Pennsylvania .

Morton Fine Art invites you to our Summer Block Party 7/2/15

25 Jun
Join us for our summer block party! 
Morton Fine Art is celebrating the season with a selection of exceptional original artwork by our artists, group hung for your enjoyment. Refreshments will be served.
Block Party 2
Where? 
The block of 1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
When? 
Thursday, July 2nd from 5pm9pm
Participating businesses include:
Morton Fine Art
Commonwealth
And Beige
Hudson & Crane
Pleasant Pops