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 Alfred Gwynne Morang  (1901 - 1958)

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Lived/Active: Maine/New Mexico      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape, genre, illustrator

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Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery Santa FeTucson:
Alfred Morang grew up in Maine, learning to paint from the various artists who summered near his home. His formal education in the arts consisted of a MFA from Fremond University, where Alfred Morang studied in Caroll Tyson and Henry Snell.

Alfred Morang's early career was marked by an artistic restlessness that drove him to create in many media, not all of them visual. While living in Boston in the 1920s, Alfred Morang studied art and music, illustrated books and magazines, gave music lessons, and began work on a number of works of fiction, some of which would be published in the 1930s.

In 1938 Alfred Morang contracted tuberculosis, which prompted a move to Santa Fe, NM, a climate more hospitable to a man in his condition. While he recovered, he focused primarily on painting for the first time, with marked success. Along with Raymond Jonson, Emil Bisstram and William Lumpkins, Morang founded the Transcendental Painting Group, which strived to paint what could not be rendered visually.

The flowing, stretched iconography of Alfred Morang's paintings is vivid and challenging still today. His development as an artist continued until his tragic death in 1958 in a fire that burned down his Canyon Road studio.

Biography from David Cook Galleries:
Alfred Morang began his studies in art at the age of 16 with various artists who summered near his home in Ellsworth, Maine.  He later received formal training at Fremond University where he earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts.  While at the university, Morang studied under Impressionist Caroll S. Tyson, and landscape artist Henry B. Snell.

During the 1920’s, Morang continued his studies in art, as well as music, in Boston. Morang later settled in Portland, Maine after his marriage to Dorothy Clark.  While in Portland, the couple painted and gave music lessons, and Alfred also found work as an illustrator for books and magazines.

After Morang was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1938, the couple moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  After the move, Morang’s primary focus turned to painting.  He worked as an artist for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), taught at the Arsuna School of Fine Arts, and founded the Morang School of Fine Art in Santa Fe.  In addition to teaching, he produced the Santa Fe radio program The World of Art and authored a book titled Transcendental Painting.

Alfred Morang perished in a tragic studio fire in 1958.

Biography from Cline Fine Art:
Alfred Morang was born in Maine, and studied music, painting, and literature in Boston, but returned to Portland, Maine.  Although exhibiting his paintings in Boston, Morang concentrated on writing during this period and published several fictional works in the 1930's.

Tuberculosis necessitated a move to a drier climate, and he relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1937.  In Santa Fe, Morang's interest turned back to painting, and Morang became associated with the Transcendental Painting Group.  

The group, whose founding members included Emil Bisttram, Raymond Jonson and William Lumpkins, focused on painting that transcended the sensory perceptions to that which was spiritual.

Alfred Morang died tragically in a fire in his Canyon Road studio in 1958.


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