In 1991 Morgan Russell spent six weeks in Paris and central Italy with the Parsons School of Design Summer Study Abroad program (he had previously received his BA in Fine Arts from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT). This experience strengthened the artist’s resolve to continue his studies in New York City where he did so at the National Academy School (‘91-’92) and the Art Students League (‘92-’93 and ‘96-’99). Since about 2002 Morgan’s work has moved from a concentrated realism to an increasing interest in abstraction as it is manifested through nature.
As a New York City resident from 1991 until 2006, Morgan exhibited in various venues in that area including Rutgers University Art Library, New Brunswick, NJ, and the Capla Kesting Gallery, Brooklyn. Three years after his return to the Boston area the artist was chosen by curators of New York’s Chelsea Art Museum to be included in the group exhibition, Four Artists in Concert, June 2009. In October of 2010, Morgan received the inaugural Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and in September 2011 exhibited new work there at the grant recipient two-person show. In December of 2012, he received an Artist Resource Trust (A.R.T.) grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield, MA.
Russell is currently living and working in Hingham, Massachusetts.