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Claire Morgan in her studio , 2018
Claire Morgan in her studio , 2018

Claire Morgan’s fragile hanging installations reflect her interest in natural processes and organic materials. In her works, the young artist (b. 1980 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) engages with the elemental conditions of man in his habitat and reveals the impossibility of grasping the complexity of life and death: “Exploring the physicality of animals, death, and illusions of permanence in the work is my way of trying to come to terms with these things myself.” Elegance and beauty, but also senselessness and horror, are present in her installations and drawings. Simultaneously poetic and vexing, they express the ambivalence of life.

Claire Morgan has had solo exhibitions in Belfast, London and Paris and has taken part in numerous international group exhibitions, including in 2009 at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and in 2010 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. In 2004 she received the Annual Bursary Award from the British Society of Sculptors and the Royal British Society’s Roy Noakes Award, and in 2006 she was awarded the Premio Fondazione Amaldo Pomodoro by the Fondazione Pomodoro in Milan. In 2007 she won the Wooda Arts Award from Cornwall UK and in 2019 the Prix de Dessin 2019 of the Fondation Daniel et Florence Guerlain in France. Claire Morgan lives and works in Newcastle, England. 

Claire Morgan in her studio in April 2020

© Claire Morgan and Galerie Karsten Greve

Exhibitions

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2019
As I Live and Breathe

Horniman Museum, London, UK

2018
Claire Morgan. Recurring Truths

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2018
Claire Morgan. Losses

La Maison Deyrolle, Paris, France

2018
Claire Morgan. Recent Lapses in Judgement

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2018
Claire Morgan. Here is The End of All Things

Emsdettener Kunstverein, Emsdetten, Germany

2017
Claire Morgan. Perpetually at the Centre

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2017
Claire Morgan. RESURGENCE. My God-Shaped Hole

Foundation Francès, Senlis, France

2017
Claire Morgan. Stop Me Feeling

FRIST Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

2016-17
Claire Morgan. The Sound of Silence

Het Noordbrabants Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

2016
Claire Morgan. Plenty More Fish in The Sea

Musée Jean-Lurçat, Angers, France

2016
Claire Morgan and Fine Oceanic and Eskimo Art

Galerie Angela Berney Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland, in collaboration with Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Galerie Meyer, Paris, France

2015
Claire Morgan. The Gathering Dusk

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France

2015
Claire Morgan. Act of God / Höhere Gewalt

Kunst-Station St. Peter, Cologne, Germany (in-situ-installation)

2014
Claire Morgan. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better

Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany; travelled to: Kunstsammlung Jena, Germany; Fondation Fernet Branca, Saint-Louis, France

2014
Claire Morgan. The Slow Fire

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2014
Claire Morgan. Trappings

Musée Joseph-Denais, Beaufort-en-Vallée, France

2013
Claire Morgan. Interference

Nässjö Konsthall, Sweden

2013
Claire Morgan. Arresting

Växjö Konsthall, Sweden

2012
Claire Morgan. No Match

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lancashire, UK

2012
Claire Morgan. Gone to Seed

MAC - The Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2012
Claire Morgan. Quietus

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2011
Claire Morgan. Under the Sun

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2011
Claire Morgan. About Time

National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, UK

2011
Claire Morgan. Menagerie

Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld, Germany

2011
Claire Morgan. Terminal

Centre for Recent Drawing, London, UK

2010
Claire Morgan. Life. Blood

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2008
Claire Morgan. The Fall

The East Rooms, London, UK

2008
Claire Morgan. Fluid

ROLLO Contemporary Art (Gallery), London, UK

2008
Claire Morgan. Chasing Rainbows

Selfridges, London, UK

2008
Claire Morgan. Gone With The Wind

Great Run Cultural Programm, The Laing Gallery, Newcastle, UK

2008
Claire Morgan. Periphery

James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, UCA – University for the Creative Arts, Surrey, UK

2007
Claire Morgan. If You Go Down to the Woods Today

The Hospital Club, London, UK

2007
Claire Morgan. Head in the Clouds

Wooda Farm, Cornwall, UK

2006
Claire Morgan. Crowdpleaser

Persistence Work Studios – Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, UK

2005
Claire Morgan. Hunter Gatherer

OMAC - Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2004
Claire Morgan. All that is solid…

Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London, UK

2004
Claire Morgan. Emotional response

Lagan Lookout Visitors Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Group exhibitions
2020-21
Natura Artis Magistra - Naturmaterialien in der zeitgenössischen Kunst

Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany

2020
Recyclage / Surcyclage

Fondation Villa Datris, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

2020-21
MORGAN – RUSSELL – SHAPIRO | Premiere

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

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2019
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2019
Nature, Life, Human

MoCA Busan, Busan, South Korea

2019
OVNi Festival

Nice, France

2019
Bêtes de scène

Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

2019
Biennale Ephémères

Château de Monbazillac, Monbazillac, France

2019
ARTENREICH – Insekten in der Kunst

Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany

2018
Variations

Artloft Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2018
Beyond Borders

Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium

2018
Impact

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2018
Tension

Villa Bernasconi, Lancy, Switzerland

2018
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2018
De fils ou de fibres

Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac, France

2018
Futurs Antérieurs

Maison Guerlain, Paris, France

2018
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St Moritz, Switzerland

2018
Audubon, Then and Now

Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE, USA

2018
L’art Par Nature

Galerie Robespierre, Grande-Synthe, France

2017
Winter Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017
Künstlerräume II

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2016
Brave New World

National Biennale of Contemporary Sculpture, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

2016
Cause & Effect

The National Centre for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire, UK

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2016
Bzzzzz … Viel Fliegen

Museum Schloss Homburg, Nümbrecht, Germany

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
The Mystery of Birds

Venus Energie AG, OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz, Switzerland

2015
A Piece of Time – Avesta Art 2016

Verket Museum, Avesta, Sweden

2014
Inaugural Exhibition

Fondazione Ghisla, Locarno, Switzerland

2014
The Tourists

Fellbrigg Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, UK

2014
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2014
Künstlerräume

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2014
Plastic Age: Fascination with and Horror of Plastics in Art and Science

ERES Stiftung, Munich, Germany

2013
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2013
Wunderland

Château de Rue, Fribourg, Switzerland

2013
Beastly Hall

Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent, UK

2012
The Bones of My Hand

The Last Tuesday Society, London, UK

2012
Agora – Miniartextil 2012

Villa Olmo, Como, Italy

2012
Monanism

MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2012
100 sculptures animalières – Bugatti, Pompon, Giacometti…

Musée des Années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

2012
Ästhetik der Natur

Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany

2012
Making Waves: International Contemporary Art from the Saatchi Collection

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, London, UK

2012
Fantastic

Tripostal, Lille, France

2011
Counterpoint

Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2011
Disconnected: Everyday Tensions

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2011
Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive

Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK 

2011
Suspense

EX3 Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

2011
Bestes, Bestiaux & Bestioles

Château d'Oiron, Oiron, France

2011
Nature – Contemporary Art from the collection of Altana Cultural Foundation

Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany

2011
Bêtes off

La Conciergerie, Paris, France

2011
Monanism

MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2011
On Paper III

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2011
Anthro[physis]

Rivera and Rivera Gallery, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2010
On & On

La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain

2010
Outside In

SW1 Gallery, London, UK

2010
Heart of Glass

21 Hoxton Square, London, UK

2010
Enragés

Fondation Francès, Senlis, France

2010
Resilience

Espace d’Art Contemporain La Tôlerie, Clermont Ferrand, France

2010
To Woo You

Town Hall Hotel, London, UK

2010
Mandala (Dead Space)

Portobello Wall, London, UK

2010
Dead or Alive

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA

2009
Canopy

The Big Chill Festival 2009, Herefordshire, UK

2009
Pressure Makes Diamonds

Assembly Square, Cardiff Bay, UK

2009
Caught In A Moment

ROLLO Contemporary Art, London, UK

2009
Building with Colour

Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2009
Editions

Ormeau Bath Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2009
Consumer

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2008
Landscape, 18 @ 108

Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK

2008
EChO wanted

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2008
Domestico

Ierimonti Gallery, Milan, Italy

2008
Spooning

Sheffield Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK

2008
Re(a)d

HLC, Telford, UK

2007
Vital Signs

Cardiff University Optometry Department, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2007
Waste and The Natural World

The Gallery @ Adventure Ecology, London, UK

2007
Miniartextil 2007

Church of San Francesco, Arte & Arte, Como, Italy

2007
Die Green, Live Pretty?

Pia Getty, London, UK

2007
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007 (touring exhibition)

Jerwood Space, London, UK

2007
Radiance 07

Glasgow’s International Festival of Light, Glasgow, Scotland

2006
Unnatural Selection

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shropshire, UK

2006
Your Gallery@ The Guardian

The Guardian Gallery in association with Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2006
Premio Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro

Prize for Young Sculptors, Fondazione Pomodoro, Milan, Italy

2006
Rising Tide

Temporary Address, Blyth, Northumberland, UK

2006
A New Moon

Bristol Broadmeads, UK

2006
Inside Out at Cragside

National Trust, Northumberland, UK

2005
Shift

Tynemouth Station, Tyne and Wear, UK

2005
Bolwick Arts 3

Bolwick Hall, Norfolk, UK

2005
Sculpture at Hebden Bridge

Hardcastle Crags, Yorkshire, UK

2005
Out There, (CAN 05)

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK

2005
A New Moon

Whitstable Harbour, Canterbury Council, Whitstable, UK

2004
RBS Bursary 2004

RBS Gallery, 108 Centre, London, UK

2004
Exposure

Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2004
Threshold

Shrewsbury Advisory Service for Climate Change, UK

2004
Leave

Westonbirt Festival of the Garden 2004, UK

2004
Parallel

Grainger Market, Art in the Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2003
12 x 12

University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2003
Shrewsbury Sotheby’s Exhibition

Shrewsbury Art Gallery, Shropshire, UK

2000
Konturen

Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany

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