Tag Archives: Contemporary Artists

Welcoming SC-based artist CHARLES WILLIAMS to Morton Fine Art’s roster

23 Apr

Charles Williams bio pic

Introducing SC-based landscape/seascape painter CHARLES WILLIAMS


Charles Williams is a professional contemporary realist painter from Georgetown, South Carolina and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. From utilizing oils for the basis of landscapes, each painting captures his reflection of human emotions in response to and in sync with the natural environment.

Recent achievements and awards include a Hudson River Landscape Fellowship, featured work in the Artists Magazines 28th Annual Art Competition, honorable mention from Southwest Art Magazines 21 Emerging Under 31 competition, 2012 Winner of the Fine Art Category from Creative Quarterly, 2013 selected artist for 28th Positive Negative juried art exhibition at East Tennessee State University, juror/curated by Michael Ray Charles from PBS Ar21, one of 25 selected artists for 2012 Dave Bown Project in Chicago, juror/curated by Karl Hecksher, owner K5 Editions, New York, Andrea Karnes, curator at Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Mary Kate O’Hare, curator American Art, Newark Museum, 2nd place Bluecanvas Publication international competition “Environments,” and featured cover artist of Composite and Professional Artist Magazine. Williams’ works has been shown in American Art Collector, Empty Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Grand Strand, Studio Visit, Bluecanvas and other national publications. He was recently interviewed and broadcast on ETV/ NPR station, entitled: Nature Through the Eyes of an Artist.

His contemporary landscapes have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries in New York, Vermont, California, Georgia, South Carolina and several other southeastern states.  His upcoming participation in Morton Fine Art’s Beyond Yesterday: A Collection of Landscape Memories marks his exhibition debut in Washington, DC.

Charles Williams, Someday Soon, 30"x40", oil on panel

Charles Williams, Someday Soon, 30″x40″, oil on panel

About his inspiration:

“I explore the relationship between human emotions and the natural environment. These parallel perspectives are the basis for my landscapes and inspires me to capture honest moments, showing others a glimpse of what’s beneath the surface.” – CHARLES WILLIAMS

WRESTLING WITH ANGELS, New Work by Kesha Bruce

28 Dec

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For nearly a decade, Kesha Bruce has addressed issues surrounding African-American identity and spirituality in her work. The paintings on paper in her Wrestling with Angels series hint at an even deeper and more direct vein of inquiry into the nature of spiritual struggle in immediate confrontation with the contemporary world.
Inspired by the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with the angel, the 14 artworks depict two figures, of indistinguishable gender, who seem to be engaged in either an intimate dance or a violent struggle. In one work, a nearly transparent and elegantly rendered figure draws the second into a passionate embrace; while in another image, an ominous, imposing figure seems on the verge of striking a fatal blow.
With Bruce’s attention shifting more towards the exploration of contemporary spirituality, not surprisingly, the imagery in Wrestling with Angels has become more abstract. Each work is more an evocation of a psychological state than an illustration of a biblical narrative.
In stark contrast to Bruce’s past work, which combined photography, collage and text elements, these new works show real evidence of both the artist’s hand and personal impulses- intricate patterning and ornamentation collide with zones of chaotic brushwork; fluid washes of color overlap areas of stark linear mark-making, and even the paper itself literally buckles under the weight of the frenzied movement. The end result is a compelling synthesis of color and gesture, deeply informed by narrative, allegory and spirituality.
Wrestling With Angels will be up at Morton Fine Art through January 2nd, 2012

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe – Contemporary Response – Featured Image 2

30 Oct

Union of Pope Clement VII and Simonetta da Collevecchio, 72"x42", rhinestones, acyrlic & glass on panel, Image courtesy of the artist and Morton Fine Art

Union of Pope Clement VII and Simonetta da Collevecchio, 72″x42″, rhinestones, acyrlic & glass on panel, Image courtesy of the artist and Morton Fine Art

VICTOR EKPUK’s “Union of Pope Clement VII and Simonetta da Collevecchio”

Union of Pope Clement VII and Simonetta da Collevecchio” investigates the relationship between Pope Clement VII from the Medici family and a black slave woman, Simonetta da Collevecchio. Both were progenitors of Alessandro de Medici, called ill Moro (“the Moor”), Duke of Florence and Penne (1530-1537).

“Portrait of Duke Alessandro de Medici”, Courtesy of The Uffizi, Florence, Italy

“Portrait of Duke Alessandro de Medici”, Courtesy of The Uffizi, Florence, Italy


“Landscape as Self Portrait” solo exhibition by Aussie WILLIAM MACKINNON

4 Oct


A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Australian Painter WILLIAM MACKINNON

October 12th, 2012 – November 6th, 2012



Friday October 12th from 6pm-8pm


Morton Fine Art is pleased to announce the inaugural US exhibition of landscape paintings by internationally renowned Australian artist WILLIAM MACKINNON.

The exhibition will be on display from October 12th, 2012 through November 6th, 2012. The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 12th from 6 to 8 pm

William Mackinnon, LOST, acrylic, and enamel on canvas, 55"x47"

William Mackinnon, LOST, acrylic, and enamel on canvas, 55″x47″

 About WILLIAM MACKINNON (Melbourne, b. Australia):

Born in 1978 in Melbourne, Australia, Mackinnon earned his Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, his Masters of Visual Arts from Victorian College of the Arts and his Post Graduate Diploma from the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London. Exhibited heavily thoroughout Asia, Europe and Australia, Landscape as Self Portrait, marks WILLIAM MACKINNON’s first exhibition in North America.

About Landscape as Self Portrait:

“For me painting is not passive mimicry of what is in front me. I see through my memory. Whether intended or not, every painting is a self-portrait. The roads and places I paint are both specific and amorphous. I want to transport the viewer along roads analogous to life and it’s various stages. They are filled with inclement weather, this is internal weather of the mind; fog, darkness, dips and peaks.”
-WILLIAM MACKINNON on his inspiration

Video link to Corcoran Installation by MAYA FREELON ASANTE

21 Jul
MAYA FREELON ASANTE / photo credit: Jason Tucker

MAYA FREELON ASANTE / photo credit: Jason Tucker

Amazing video footage of MAYA FREELON ASANTE installing her Ubuntu tissue paper sculpture at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  Enjoy!


Tonight at MFA : JAMEA RICHMOND EDWARDS’ thesis show “Shrine”

12 Apr

Two days only! Don’t miss it! All artwork is for sale.

VONN SUMNER’S ‘Late Empire Style’ – Exhibition Images

27 Sep

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