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Morgan, David (1943-2011)
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David Morgan was born in Montréal, Québec in 1943. In his lifetime, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Although these experiences influenced David’s Work, his roots were firmly tied to the Montréal-Eastern Townships region area. It is in this region that he painted and taught for forty years.
In the early 1960s, David graduated from the Montréal Museum of School of Art and Design where he studied painting under Arthur Lismer (1885-1969). He was awarded a one-year scholarship to study etching and engraving techniques with printmaker Moe Reinblatt (1917-1979). In 1982, David graduated from Bishop’s University with a B.A. Honours in Political Science. In 1994, he graduated from McGill University where he completed a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies. Within this broader scope of study, David never lost sight of its relevance to the world of Fine Arts. His McGill Master’s thesis was entitled The Origin and Use of Compositional Geometry in Christian Painting.
Throughout forty years, David taught Art and Art History at a variety of academic levels. He was an instructor of drawing, painting, design and printmaking at the Montréal Museum School of Art and Design; at Bishop’s College School he was the Art Master for seven years. Over the course of twenty-two years, Morgan taught Art History and Criticism as well as studio courses at Champlain College in Lennoxville; he also lectured in Art History at Bishop’s University.
From 1986 to 1990, Morgan developed and operated the David Morgan Art Gallery in Lennoxville, where he show cased works of contemporary, as well as late 19th and early 20th century art. When Morgan retired from teaching at Champlain College in 1997, he concentrated on his own painting and his ongoing work as a board member of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, which is dedicated to helping artists from around the world in their formative years.
Numerous galleries in Eastern Canada including the Gallery Moos in Montréal, the Neate Gallery in Halifax and Nancy Poole’s Studio in London, Ontario, have represented David Morgan over the years. His work may be found in several in several prominent collection such as the Bronfman Collection of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, The Royal Bank of Canada Head Office at Place Ville Marie, Bishop’s University, Bishop’s College School, and several private collections in Canada and Europe. In addition, David’s work has been represented in such exhibitions as Man and His World (1969) in Montréal, the New Acquisitions show at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts in 1969 and again in the Museum’s collection show in 1976, and the Festival Lennoxville in 1972 and 1974. General exhibitions have also been held at the Royal Bank in Lennoxville, the Mill in North Hatley, the Waterville Gallery, the Piggery Theatre in North Hatley and the Rose Window in Knowlton. David Morgan died in Kingston Ontario in 2011.
Source from exhibition "David Morgan, 1943-2011 A Retrospective Interior Landscapes" held at Bishop's University Library , November 2012.
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