By ERIN DEJESUS
Take a quick look at visual artist Jacqui Morgan's portfolio, and you might think she was schizophrenic. Since drawing attention for her 1967 psychedelic poster for The Electric Circus, the legendary St. Mark’s Place nightclub, Morgan has painted on surfaces ranging from cast paper to couches to shoes, and completed original illustrations for clients from Playboy Germany to Gloria Steinem to nearly every Fortune 500 company. Her subject matter has bounced from surrealistic nudes to florals to figures painted from life.
But Morgan has a perfectly logical explanation for her diverse – and changing – styles.
“I think I have changed more dramatically than many,” Morgan says. “Illustration requires change for survival and producing art requires change in order for the artist to maintain excitement. For me, I am so dedicated and involved in each evolution that at some point I get bored with each process and seek something new.”
Morgan, who says that she “burned out” of illustration almost a decade ago, has that “something new” in her sights: to make the transition to fine art....
Each week, Morgan meets with friends and colleagues to paint from a live nude model.
“Something special happens between the artists and the model when it’s live. Energy is being passed back and forth,” Morgan says. “And the short length of the poses provide an even more concentrated painting/drawing experience.” And though she rarely did so in the past, Morgan now finds inspiration in painting from life....To read the complete article, click here
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