To Make A Prairie - Morgan Irons

Old Main Gallery

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Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm

To make a prairie (1855)

Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover, and a bee.

And revery.

The revery alone will do,

If bees are few.

A couple of years ago I painted a small vignette of a solitary woman standing with a shovel in a vast, flat field. While technically unambitious and hastily painted, this image, in all its brevity was my first successful painting. “Field Waltz” became a marker for the direction my work would take since. My inaugural solo exhibition “To Make a Prairie” is an expanse on that scene. 

The show is a collection of quiet figures in the landscape, timeless in theme and palette. With their visual austerity, each painting is designed for a noted emotional resonance. Inspired greatly by realist artists such as Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, these paintings mark a compulsion for delineating the vertical of the individual against the horizon of the landscape. I believe there can be found the iconography of the mother and child, or of the father, the farmer and the boy. They are a tribute to the power of story found in the landscape of the West, a stage for narratives of life, death, and what happens in between. - Morgan Irons