Craig creates large-scale paintings of dilapidated and abandoned interior spaces, often portraying the ruins of urban dwellings, factories, asylums and penitentiaries. He has found inspiration for his work in locations ranging from defunct factories in Detroit to forbidden nuclear zones in Russia to restricted industrial islands in Australia. The artist describes these structures as “both repositories and vehicles for memory that profoundly influence culture and identity.” Craig’s paintings address the demise of the American Dream, as well as the human component of these vacant spaces—the imprint of the men and women who spent the vast majority of their lives working within these now-spent buildings.
“We’re very excited to welcome an artist of Craig’s caliber to our community,” said gallery director John Farley. “Many of the architectural settings depicted look all too familiar – equal parts beauty and poignancy. As downtown Huntington seeks to rebuild, rebrand and reinvent itself, Craig’s paintings provide an important vehicle for discourse.”
Craig received an M.F.A. in painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a B.F.A. in painting with teacher certification from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, also in Philadelphia. He has been featured in periodicals including New American Paintings, American Art Collector Magazine and Direct Art Magazine. Craig has shown at SOFA Chicago; the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pa.; the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Va.; the Current Gallery in Baltimore; and the Lawrence Asher Gallery in Los Angeles, among others.
Gallery 842 is free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Image: “The Heartbeat of America” (2011) is an oil painting on linen, 72″ x 54″ by artist Morgan Craig, whose work will be on display at Gallery 842 until Dec. 6.