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Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan lives in Chicago’s west-side neighborhood of Humboldt Park, where he creates rough and humorous images of life and politics in America.  His work discusses the economic divide between the rich and the poor, heavily draped in humorous satire. Morgan ventures beyond politics by delving into the maniacally diverse society of cyclists in the city of Chicago.  Blending india ink, thin monochromatic oils, and dramatic splashes of vinyl paint on wood panels, his signature style creates a motley cast of characters. From bike messengers, street vendors and fast flying track racers, to fat cat politicians, these paintings present the energy and love of a big city and a simple machine. 


Art comes from a place of constant almost insufferable observation. It’s born in empathy and compassion, boiled in humility, burned by cynicism, and punched in the gut with self-doubt. I don’t know why I do it, but I can’t stop. There’s still beauty and honesty and humor to be exposed in this broken world.

I’m a lover of the underdogs, the downtrodden, the dirty disease infested rats. Pigeons are my saints. Crazy old men are my heroes. When I see a man pushing his hundred-pound food cart up the street I think, how can I make people see how incredible this person is?

Art can be a statement about our humanity, a commentary on our ignorance, and an open door for your thoughts and ideas to be expanded. It is from this point of view that I paint, draw, and create. 


Self taught

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