CCT: Ken Morgan

Connecticut Artists Collection

Ken Morgan (born 1949)
 
{Ken Morgan} Ken Morgan was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and now lives and works in Coventry. He earned his MA from Vesper George School of Art in Boston. He has exhibited his work in solo shows throughout the country, including Zero Station (Portland, ME), Mims Gallery (Rocky Mount, NC), McKinley Gallery (Reno, NV), and Real Art Ways (Hartford). In addition to the Connecticut Artists Collection, Morgan's work is part of museum, public, and private collections including George Washington University, Minnesota Museum of Art, and British Airways (JFK Airport, NY).
 
Artist Statement:

During the 50s and 60s I grew up as a member in my father’s acrobatic act, AL MORGAN AND HIS TOY BOYS. We performed throughout the Northeast and Canada at state fairs, carnivals, etc. We ended our careers in the late 60s on Don Amechi’s International Showtime, a nationally-televised circus review. My fascination with the midway, sideshows, barkers, games of chance, and all started early. At times we would be given a dollar to find our lunch among the midway vendors. One of those times, I fell victim to watching the games of chance. Brightly-lit prizes enticed by the talkie’s billowing “STEP RIGHT UP!!!!” drew large crowds. Losers are many. A winner holds the largest of teddy bears right next to me – too hard to deny. Three balls for a dollar and I make the exchange. A one-ball throw knocking down all the milk bottles would make me a top shelf winner. I remember that throw to this day. One last glance up the midway spots my parents heading my way. Uh, oh! With a sharpshooter’s eye, a mighty heave let’s out with an echoing strike. Rattling turns to silence. The talkie shouts out: “We have a winner over here!!” And the crowd cheers. I pick the biggest blue one. The four of us walk proudly away. I was about 9 . . . realizing everybody loves a winner. I have since had a stroke and I now feed that experience into a computer and this is what comes out.

 
 
 
 
{Untitled (4)}
Untitled (4)
2012
digital inkjet print (edition 1/1)
16" high x 16" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:

Where: Office of State Ethics, 18-20 Trinity Street, Suite 205, Hartford, CT 06106 (no parking available)
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00
 
 
{Untitled (5)}
Untitled (5)
2012
digital inkjet print (edition 1/1)
16" high x 16" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:

Where: Office of State Ethics, 18-20 Trinity Street, Suite 205, Hartford, CT 06106 (no parking available)
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00
 
 
{Untitled (2)}
Untitled (2)
2010
digital inkjet print (edition 1/1)
12" high x 12" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:
Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.

 
{Untitled (3)}
Untitled (3)
2009
digital inkjet print (edition 1/1)
12" high x 12" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Available for viewing:

Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.
 
 
{Yellow Net}
Yellow Net
2002
mixed media on canvas on board
18" high x 22" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:
Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.

 
{The Sensational Castilles}
The Sensational Castilles
2000
mixed media on canvas on board
24" high x 30-1/4" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:

Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.

 
{Untitled (1)}
Untitled (1)
1999
mixed media on canvas on board
24" high x 30" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:

Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.