Artist Spotlight + Inside the Artist Studio of Jeff Morgan

Projecting Natural Experience.

That’s how Jeff Morgan chose to describe his art in three words. He has been a performance artist, or “live painter”, for over 15 years. He begins his paintings by composing backgrounds rather than starting from a blank canvas. The backgrounds are either layers of poured paint or an abstract painting.

Keep reading for a Question & Answer session with Jeff Morgan!

Describe yourself in one word. Complex

What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? The liveliness of the community. It’s embedded deeply in the atmosphere around us and in its people. It’s all in the music and colorful characters that I see.

Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I just like to explore.

Where do you draw inspiration? Museums and art books/magazines

Who are your artistic influences or gurus? Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, the landscapes of Gustav Klimpt, Max Ernst.

In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Miles Davis was big for me starting out, “Bitches Brew” in particular. That album reached into a lot of places, and I took its meaning to do things my way. It’s about being brave and trusting yourself.

Where can we find you when you are not creating art? At the studio or at the bar. Shooting pool or watching films.

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? It’s always been the golden hour when the suns is going down. Jazz Fest is the best time of year hands down.

What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I like to dance in private.

Jeff Morgan is one of twelve artists chosen to portray 300 icons in celebration of New Orleans 300th birthday.

Discover more about Jeff Morgan and his creative process here
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Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.