Like the Spice Gallery in Brooklyn will be presenting Jenny Morgan‘s recent figurative oil paintings in the exhibition Abrasions, opening on January 9th. Morgan completed her M.F.A. in 2008 at the School of Visual Arts in New York and this will be her first solo show in New York, where she currently lives and works.
Abrasions presents several startling portraits of people close to the artist, painted on monochromatic grounds and often depicted nude. The artist first paints the subcutaneous flesh of the subjects, and then scrapes and sands away at the top layers of the paint, causing their skin to look abraded and scorched in areas. This physical layering of the paint mimics the layering of dermis and epidermis of human flesh. Her remarkable realism, skillful technique, and ability to portray psychological subtleties through facial expression are astonishing.
Morgan has exhibited nationwide and has participated in group shows at Columbia University, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery. Her was recently featured at Scope Art Fair, Miami and Bridge Art Fair, Miami Beach.