Elemore Morgan, Jr.: From the Estate

Exhibition Dates: August 6th – September 12th, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6th, 6 – 9 pm
Location: Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present works from the estate of Elemore Morgan, Jr., who passed away in 2008. The exhibition will be on view at the gallery at 432 Julia Street from Saturday August 6th to Saturday, September 12th. The gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, August 6th from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with “White Linen Night.”

Elemore Morgan, Jr., was acknowledged for many years as the leading contemporary Louisiana landscape painter. He was especially renowned for his “en plein air” landscape paintings done in the heart of the rice growing region of southwest Louisiana. Many of Morgan’s landscapes were done in acrylic on oddly shaped Masonite panels, cut to fit his vision of the land, which he felt were integral to the design and composition of his works.

Possessed of an amazing ability to transmit what is real and true about the southwest Louisiana landscape, Morgan communicates in his vibrant, color-saturated paintings the intense heat and overbearing humidity of the rice fields in Acadiana.

Morgan received a Krasner-Pollock Foundation grant in 2007, which allowed him to travel to New York City where, again working in the open air, he completed multi-paneled paintings of the Manhattan skyline.  Near the end of his life he also completed several Crescent City riverscapes.

In  2006, Morgan was given a major retrospective at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art:  “Art and Life in Louisiana: Elemore Morgan Sr, and Elemore Morgan, Jr,” which included the pioneering Louisiana photography work of his father.

Elemore Morgan, Jr., was born in Baton Rouge in 1931.  After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he graduated from the Ruskin School of Fine Art in Oxford, England.  He returned to Louisiana and in 1968 became a professor of Fine Art at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where he taught until 1998. Morgan passed away in 2008 at the age of 76.

For additional information please call 504.522.1999 or visit our web site www.arthurrogergallery.com.