James Morse’s paintings use the imagery of land as a language to explore the imperfections of human creativity and labor. Using on-site studies, he creates expressive landscapes that embrace the interpretive nature of life. Inspired by Abstract Expressionist painters such as Lois Dodd and Jane Freilicher, Morse’s paintings contemplate the vicissitudes of humanity on the natural world. His paintings show paved roads in the distance, or the clean edges of a forest where the trees have been cut. While his works are often devoid of figure, we still see a human presence. In these quiet moments with nature, Morse writes, “I like the land to speak for itself…We all come from the land, are nourished by it, and eventually return to it. The land is our oldest metaphor.”
James Morse (b. 1982, Hinsdale, IL) received a BA from Hope College (Holland, MI). His work was recently the subject of a solo at Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). Upcoming group exhibitions include Galleri Magnus Karlsson (Stockholm Sweden); recent solo and group include exhibitions at Cook’s House (Traverse City, MI); Crooked Tree Arts Center (Traverse City, MI); Morsecraft Studio (Northport, MI); Wright Gallery (Northport, MI); and The Old Art Building (Leland, MI). Morse’s work has been featured in publications such as Venti Journal, Art Maze Magazine, and Dans les Yeux d’Elsa Art Magazine. Morse lives and works in Northport, MI.