• Atomic No. 47- For Your Eyes Only

    Margaret Morrison next to her painting Atomic No 47
    Margaret Morrison next to her painting “Atomic No. 47”, 2016, oil on canvas, 72 X 96 inches; 182.88 x 243.84 cm, courtesy of Woodward Gallery

    With the digitized domain fast taking over the mainstream art. And the cross-media collages, montages, experiments and emerging techniques have been busy ground-breaking the scene; here comes an artist who is going to mesmerize you with her photo-realist art. All manual, all very, very fine but through and through- the classical accuracy and precision that was always synonymous and associated with craft, practice, natural talent and technical brilliance.

    In early days anyone who had the panache for sketching and/or live portrait painting was considered a real artist. But as the science of art progressed- this was left behind. The discerning eye wasn’t given the due credit of practice and acumen it had gathered over the romance it enjoyed with the brush for years.

    Margaret Morrison- is someone who is going to cheat your eye because what you see is a unique painting that is as accurately created as a photo. The photo-reality of her figurative art is next to amazing and eternally pleasing to your eyes. Not only a marvel of practice, exercise and technicality but the amazing printer her human hand is, speaks volumes of her intimacy with fine art. She likes to eternalize the rare moments that her eye catches and then she encapsulates or rather freezes them in her works. So that the specific moment embeds forever- loud and clear. Something perfect to show and share from your iPhone’s lock screen.

    Atomic No 47 by Margaret Morrison
    “Atomic No. 47”, Margaret Morrison, 2016, oil on canvas, 72 X 96 inches; 182.88 x 243.84 cm, courtesy of Woodward Gallery

    Atomic No. 47 is as astonishing, as an art piece can be. Make no mistake about the technical brilliance of this seasoned artist. She is so good that in a glimpse or from a distance- you would admire the conceptual depth of her painting as a photograph- only to find that your visual mistake is much deeper than that. Her brush and her strokes tell the stories of momentous treatments she has given to the metallic ware that she has painted with time and tide all over this gigantic painting.

    But it’s not just between photo and art- there is physics involved as the crisp reflections on the metallic ware couples the aesthetic brilliance along with respect to physics of observation within the reflection.

    Dodd Galleries at the University of Georgia is proudly exhibiting this magnificent piece. You might find numerous references of her and Atomic No. 47 all over the internet but beholding this piece with the naked eye is an inimitable treat. It is made for your eyes only.


    Atif A K

    Atif A K

    Atif A K is a New York based copywriter, film maker and poet. He has been on international advertising circuit since last 17 years working with leading ad networks and Fortune 500 brands. He is an avid art follower and has been writing poetry for over a decade. His poems often cover themes of romance, psychological darkness, universalism and humor.

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