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GROUNDED JOHNNY MORANT

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GROUNDED JOHNNY MORANT 2 6 DECEMBER 2019 ROYAL OPERA ARCADE GALLERY 5B PALL MALL ST JAMES S LONDON SW1Y 4AN Work can be viewed and reserved prior to the exhibition Images of all the works in the exhibition may be viewed at W W W J O H N N Y M O R A N T C O M johnnymorant johnnymorant

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GROUNDED JOHNNY MORANT 2 6 DECEMBER 2019 ROYAL OPERA ARCADE GALLERY 5B PALL MALL ST JAMES S LONDON SW1Y 4AN Work can be viewed and reserved prior to the exhibition Images of all the works in the exhibition may be viewed at W W W J O H N N Y M O R A N T C O M johnnymorant johnnymorant

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This collection of Morant s latest work shows an artist driven by the urge to create and a powerful story to tell On Christmas Eve 1968 Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders rounded the dark side of the moon and emerged into the light The view that greeted him would change our relationship with the earth forever Earthrise captured the fragility of our planet and sparked a new age of global awareness This enlightened state has been called the overview effect and has led some to imagine how world leaders and decision makers might be inspired by experiencing this phenomenon at first hand Over the past fifty years we have become increasingly aware of the perilous state of our habitat and with GROUNDED Morant aims to pull together multiple strands of our constantly evolving understanding of human impact He attempts to explore rather than judge our relationship with the planet and the symbiosis between man and nature Some of the larger paintings focus on the early pioneers of space exploration as symbols of our ability to meet challenges and unite society These modern day heroes find themselves grounded in earthly settings and historical scenes immediately at odds with our familiar reality Viewing the earth as a pale blue dot in the vastness of space was a profoundly moving experience Astronauts witnessed a shift in perspective as they saw boundaries blur and felt divisions diminish they acknowledged the overarching imperative to protect planet Earth In contrast to these confrontational works Morant has drawn our attention to a less conspicuous mark of our impact biodiversity indicates the health of our surroundings non native flora pose a particular paradox Each species has an entangled tale to tell they have migrated adapted and thrived in hostile environments often as a result of human interference In these paintings Morant highlights this fragile balance and expresses optimism for an enlightened future

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This collection of Morant s latest work shows an artist driven by the urge to create and a powerful story to tell On Christmas Eve 1968 Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders rounded the dark side of the moon and emerged into the light The view that greeted him would change our relationship with the earth forever Earthrise captured the fragility of our planet and sparked a new age of global awareness This enlightened state has been called the overview effect and has led some to imagine how world leaders and decision makers might be inspired by experiencing this phenomenon at first hand Over the past fifty years we have become increasingly aware of the perilous state of our habitat and with GROUNDED Morant aims to pull together multiple strands of our constantly evolving understanding of human impact He attempts to explore rather than judge our relationship with the planet and the symbiosis between man and nature Some of the larger paintings focus on the early pioneers of space exploration as symbols of our ability to meet challenges and unite society These modern day heroes find themselves grounded in earthly settings and historical scenes immediately at odds with our familiar reality Viewing the earth as a pale blue dot in the vastness of space was a profoundly moving experience Astronauts witnessed a shift in perspective as they saw boundaries blur and felt divisions diminish they acknowledged the overarching imperative to protect planet Earth In contrast to these confrontational works Morant has drawn our attention to a less conspicuous mark of our impact biodiversity indicates the health of our surroundings non native flora pose a particular paradox Each species has an entangled tale to tell they have migrated adapted and thrived in hostile environments often as a result of human interference In these paintings Morant highlights this fragile balance and expresses optimism for an enlightened future

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Bamboo forest 90x100cm oil on canvas 3700 Symbiology 50x50cm oil on canvas 1800 Remove before Flight 30x40cm oil on canvas 1400

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Bamboo forest 90x100cm oil on canvas 3700 Symbiology 50x50cm oil on canvas 1800 Remove before Flight 30x40cm oil on canvas 1400

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Collision Course 100x100cm oil on canvas 3800 Rosa Multiflora 62x62cm oil on board 2500

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Collision Course 100x100cm oil on canvas 3800 Rosa Multiflora 62x62cm oil on board 2500

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The Bigger Picture 160x160cm oil on canvas 5800 The Bigger Picture demonstrates a whimsical application of the overview effect in relation to our understanding of historical significance In this appropriation of Jacques Louis David s famous painting Napoleon s Marengo carries a triumphant Buzz Aldrin reflecting the folly of warring nations when observed from an enlightened state of mind Until this mental shift takes hold we will remain consumed by threats of conflict and smouldering rainforests

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The Bigger Picture 160x160cm oil on canvas 5800 The Bigger Picture demonstrates a whimsical application of the overview effect in relation to our understanding of historical significance In this appropriation of Jacques Louis David s famous painting Napoleon s Marengo carries a triumphant Buzz Aldrin reflecting the folly of warring nations when observed from an enlightened state of mind Until this mental shift takes hold we will remain consumed by threats of conflict and smouldering rainforests

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Allegory of Hubris 100x100cm oil on canvas 3800 This work pays homage to Rubens equestrian portrait of the Duke of Buckingham A divisive character the Duke commissioned self dramatising portraits to promote his political career In an act of arrogance and caprice he requested to be looked up to by Neptune to suggest his dominion over the sea Overhead a winged allegory of Fame signals victory which evaded the commander in real life with trumpet in hand The curiously proportioned horse is a Spanish jennet a breed the Duke introduced to Britain With this contemporary interpretation we see the Duke reappointed as an Apollo astronaut challenging our understanding of influence and accomplishment The Duke was later assassinated and where his powerful fleet was once depicted we see signs of contemporary conflict

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Allegory of Hubris 100x100cm oil on canvas 3800 This work pays homage to Rubens equestrian portrait of the Duke of Buckingham A divisive character the Duke commissioned self dramatising portraits to promote his political career In an act of arrogance and caprice he requested to be looked up to by Neptune to suggest his dominion over the sea Overhead a winged allegory of Fame signals victory which evaded the commander in real life with trumpet in hand The curiously proportioned horse is a Spanish jennet a breed the Duke introduced to Britain With this contemporary interpretation we see the Duke reappointed as an Apollo astronaut challenging our understanding of influence and accomplishment The Duke was later assassinated and where his powerful fleet was once depicted we see signs of contemporary conflict

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A greener future 130cm x 130cm oil on canvas 4700 Epiphyte 62x62cm oil on canvas 2500

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A greener future 130cm x 130cm oil on canvas 4700 Epiphyte 62x62cm oil on canvas 2500

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The Anthropocene 160x160cm oil on canvas 5800 The word Anthropocene has entered literature as a vivid expression of environmental change caused by humans Here we see a cosmonaut exploring fragments of what should be a familiar and safe environment Elements of the work are evocative of the Rococo artist Jean Honor Fragonard and question the stability of a world we take for granted

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The Anthropocene 160x160cm oil on canvas 5800 The word Anthropocene has entered literature as a vivid expression of environmental change caused by humans Here we see a cosmonaut exploring fragments of what should be a familiar and safe environment Elements of the work are evocative of the Rococo artist Jean Honor Fragonard and question the stability of a world we take for granted

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Citrus 60x42cm oil on board 1800 Garden of the Hesperides 80x60cm oil on board 2850

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Citrus 60x42cm oil on board 1800 Garden of the Hesperides 80x60cm oil on board 2850

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Japanese Knotweed 100x100cm oil on canvas 3800 Balsam Bashing 25x25cm oil on board 800 Drifter 25x25cm oil on board 800 Ponticum 25x25cm oil on board 800 Jumping Jack 25x25cm oil on board 800

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Japanese Knotweed 100x100cm oil on canvas 3800 Balsam Bashing 25x25cm oil on board 800 Drifter 25x25cm oil on board 800 Ponticum 25x25cm oil on board 800 Jumping Jack 25x25cm oil on board 800

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Lunar Rover 62x62cm oil on board 2500 Rhododendron 50x55cm oil on board 1950

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Lunar Rover 62x62cm oil on board 2500 Rhododendron 50x55cm oil on board 1950

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A New Eden 130x130cm oil on canvas 4700 Ornamental Interloper 50x55cm oil on board 1950

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A New Eden 130x130cm oil on canvas 4700 Ornamental Interloper 50x55cm oil on board 1950

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Victorian Exotica 27x27cm oil on board 850 Pollinator 25x25cm oil on board 800 Allium Triquetrum 33x33cm oil on board 1200 Water Primrose 25x25cm oil on board 800 Kaleidescope 62x62cm oil on canvas 2500

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Victorian Exotica 27x27cm oil on board 850 Pollinator 25x25cm oil on board 800 Allium Triquetrum 33x33cm oil on board 1200 Water Primrose 25x25cm oil on board 800 Kaleidescope 62x62cm oil on canvas 2500

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Q A WITH JOHNNY MORANT This new collection appears to be a departure from your last exhibition Does this mark a new style and direction for your work With regards to the subject matter many will recognise the botanical elements from my Mare Nostrum exhibition and recent commissions the astronauts may come as a surprise but to me make perfect sense grounded physically and metaphorically and prompting questions on symbiosis and our responsibility for the planet s resources I think that cultivating and settling into a deliberate style would look and feel to me artificial As each piece is conceived and executed by my hand it can ultimately only look like my work especially when viewed from a few years down the line GROUNDED is created curated and hosted by yourself why did you decide not to follow the traditional path of gallery representation for this show Mounting this show independently and therefore being solely responsible for every aspect has been challenging but has allowed me total freedom to let my work develop without restraints Gallery representation involves certain pressures they are representing you but you are also representing them In hindsight you forgo a great deal of support and promotion and while it has been an invaluable opportunity to develop my work the organisation required has been an eye opener Tell us about your process and the materials you use The preparatory stages involve a lot of sketching photography digital collage and oil studies In most cases I develop a clear plan before oil meets canvas at which point most plans morph back and forth between the original idea and new ideas along the way The most common question is how long does a painting take you and as most artists know there is no single answer I find that the most successful paintings can be accounted for in days rather than weeks or months unless it is a particularly large and complex undertaking I go to great lengths to ensure all of my materials are of the highest quality and prepare my canvases with longevity always in mind Johnny Morant b 1982 is a visual artist exploring themes of sustainability and social awareness influenced by his travels and experiences He is rapidly gaining recognition for his thought provoking accomplished paintings and his work resides in a growing number of corporate and private collections including Smith Williamson Standard Chartered Bank Prudential plc Old Mutual plc and P O Cruises Morant attended art school in Bristol and Bournemouth and has lived and worked in London Wiltshire and Amsterdam Past solo exhibitions 2017 The Rountree Tryon Gallery London Mare Nostrum 2013 The Rountree Tryon Gallery London Going Places 2011 The Tryon Gallery London A Closer Look 2009 The Tryon Gallery London Out and About Selected group exhibitions Affordable Art Fair 20 21 International Art Fair New English Art Club Mall Galleries Royal Institute of Oil Painters Mall Galleries Royal Society of Marine Artists Mall Galleries Royal Society of British Artists Mall Galleries The Society of Botanical Artists Mall Galleries Chelsea Art Society Annual Exhibition Guggleton Gallery Winter Exhibition Somerset Green Stone Gallery Summer Exhibition Art For Youth Royal College of Art

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Q A WITH JOHNNY MORANT This new collection appears to be a departure from your last exhibition Does this mark a new style and direction for your work With regards to the subject matter many will recognise the botanical elements from my Mare Nostrum exhibition and recent commissions the astronauts may come as a surprise but to me make perfect sense grounded physically and metaphorically and prompting questions on symbiosis and our responsibility for the planet s resources I think that cultivating and settling into a deliberate style would look and feel to me artificial As each piece is conceived and executed by my hand it can ultimately only look like my work especially when viewed from a few years down the line GROUNDED is created curated and hosted by yourself why did you decide not to follow the traditional path of gallery representation for this show Mounting this show independently and therefore being solely responsible for every aspect has been challenging but has allowed me total freedom to let my work develop without restraints Gallery representation involves certain pressures they are representing you but you are also representing them In hindsight you forgo a great deal of support and promotion and while it has been an invaluable opportunity to develop my work the organisation required has been an eye opener Tell us about your process and the materials you use The preparatory stages involve a lot of sketching photography digital collage and oil studies In most cases I develop a clear plan before oil meets canvas at which point most plans morph back and forth between the original idea and new ideas along the way The most common question is how long does a painting take you and as most artists know there is no single answer I find that the most successful paintings can be accounted for in days rather than weeks or months unless it is a particularly large and complex undertaking I go to great lengths to ensure all of my materials are of the highest quality and prepare my canvases with longevity always in mind Johnny Morant b 1982 is a visual artist exploring themes of sustainability and social awareness influenced by his travels and experiences He is rapidly gaining recognition for his thought provoking accomplished paintings and his work resides in a growing number of corporate and private collections including Smith Williamson Standard Chartered Bank Prudential plc Old Mutual plc and P O Cruises Morant attended art school in Bristol and Bournemouth and has lived and worked in London Wiltshire and Amsterdam Past solo exhibitions 2017 The Rountree Tryon Gallery London Mare Nostrum 2013 The Rountree Tryon Gallery London Going Places 2011 The Tryon Gallery London A Closer Look 2009 The Tryon Gallery London Out and About Selected group exhibitions Affordable Art Fair 20 21 International Art Fair New English Art Club Mall Galleries Royal Institute of Oil Painters Mall Galleries Royal Society of Marine Artists Mall Galleries Royal Society of British Artists Mall Galleries The Society of Botanical Artists Mall Galleries Chelsea Art Society Annual Exhibition Guggleton Gallery Winter Exhibition Somerset Green Stone Gallery Summer Exhibition Art For Youth Royal College of Art

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