Symbolism in Mixed Media Abstractions
Keith Morant is an internationally acclaimed artist who creates expressive oil and mixed media abstract paintings. His award-winning art is characterized by a myriad of unique curvilinear forms and symbols, contrasting colors, and vitality.
His life-long self-defined “obsession” with drawing and painting has been enhanced by classical training, a masterful handling of his medium, and continuous innovation.
Born in England, Keith Morant exhibited in London until 1973 when he moved to New Zealand and settled in Christchurch. Since then he has exhibited in numerous galleries and art centers in many major cities throughout the world, including New York, Tokyo, and London, to name a few. His solo exhibition ‘Morant In Venice’ was held at the Materiagrigia Gallery, Venice, Italy. He has exhibited at the Ateneo Museum, in Madrid, in Bologna with Trevisan International Art. in Bologna, and .
He has received innumerable distinguished awards including the ‘Palm International Art’ award, Leipzig, Germany. He is the recipient of the “Peoples Choice Award” at the International exhibition ‘Little Treasures’ in Bologna, Italy. He was honored at the Premio San Valentino International Art Exhibition with first prize, “President of the Republic’s Medal”.
His new series of works are based on the circle. Morant states, “In scientific and metaphysical thought the circle is the most important and universal of all symbols. It stands as the greatest illustration of microcosmic and macrocosmic unity and its strong correlation between mystical ideology and recent discoveries in quantum physics is irrefutable. Implicit in its symbolism are many other important human manifestations such as the wheel, the ring, the disk, the clock, the ouroborus, the zodiac, etc.”
The artist continues, “Apart from its point or centre, with which it shares much of its symbolism, the circle is the only geometric shape without divisions and therefore the same at all points. Because of its dynamics, which may also represent a sphere, it is a form potentially without beginning or end, and to the human psyche (especially since the Neo Platonists) it embodies God – the uncircumscribed centre of the cosmos.”
When Morant won the Second Place Cash Award in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition he donated the money to an artists’ organization that gives financial support to artists in need. He also recently won an Award of Excellence in the Manhattan Arts International, “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions” juried exhibition, curated by James Bacchi, owner of Arthaus Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
He was awarded an Artists Residency for the month of April, 2017, in Venice, Italy, from John and Souheir Rawlings of Art And Soul. He, and his wife Tricia, who is also an artist, have been given an apartment in the centre of the city with a separate studio where Korant will produce new works for an exhibition in Venice, at the end of his residency.
In 2017 Morant established the Morant Foundation. This is a Trust based in Christchurch, New Zealand “that will work towards a higher awareness of art and artists of Canterbury.”
Morant explains, “Many fine creators in this region fail to gain due recognition for their work and it is our hope that, through exhibitions and promotion, we may create a greater awareness of their prowess. It is also very important that such artists are nourished and inspired to move to even greater heights with their work. The Morant Foundation will seek out and promote such artists by arranging and curating new exhibitions.”
Visit Keith Morant’s website at www.keithmorant.com