Garfield Morgan is a multidisciplinary artist who started his art career as a Graphic Designer after graduating from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) in Kingston, Jamaica. He worked in several major advertising companies in Jamaica before travelling to the United States of America to pursue graduate studies. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Painting and Digital Media as well as an MFA in Painting at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) in Nacogdoches, Texas USA. Upon completing his studies at SFASU, Garfield was awarded the Post Graduate Fellowship in the School of Art at SFASU.
After completing his Fellowship he returned to Jamaica in 2008 and has since taught at the EMCVPA, the Caribbean School of Architecture (CSA) at the University of Technology and the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Garfield and his wife Shelley immigrated to Montreal, Canada in June 2018. During his time in Montreal, he consistently exhibited his art and won several honors and awards in various art categories. He was also a member of several organizations and served as a board member of articule, “an open-access artist run center”. In March 2023 he was invited to be on the Inspirational Panel for YES Montreal’s Business Skills for Creative Souls Artist Conference. “YES Montreal is a non-profit, community-driven organization.”
In July 2023 his artwork titled “Consumer Bird” which was exhibited at the Beijing Biennale in China in 2010 was included in the international Climate Art Collection (CAC) In January 2023 a book titled, “Patchwork: Essays and Interviews on Caribbean Visual Culture” by Jacqueline Bishop was published and includes an interview with Garfield about his work with used tarpaulin in Jamaica. Garfield and his wife Shelley now reside in Edmonton, Canada.
Developed by Harcourt House Artist Run Centre in 2002, the Artist-In-Residence Program is open to Canadian visual artists working in any studio art and/or multidisciplinary practice. The program provides the best opportunity to advance an artist’s career trajectory, values the role of artists as innovators within their communities, and helps emerging artist to become established. The residency provides the artists with a stable working environment in the professional studio space, the opportunity for research and to teach classes, material stipend, and a chance to interact with the community. The program culminates with the solo exhibition of works developed during the residency at Harcourt House. The artist receives CARFAC artist’s fees for this exhibition.
Top Image: Clothes Encounters Project (detail) 2020, used clothes, thread, yarn, acrylic on drywall.
Courtesy of the artist