Morgan O’Hara ( b.1941, Los Angeles)

Morgan O’Hara was born in Los Angeles and raised in an international community in post-war Japan. She earned a Master’s Degree in Art from California State University at Los Angeles, and had her first solo exhibition in the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1978. Her practice researches the vital movement of living beings through drawing. In 1989 she began doing performative drawing in international performance art festivals, did her first site specific wall drawings and began the practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art. In 1997 O’Hara’s work was honored with a solo show in the newly opened Drawing Room at the Drawing Center in New York. O’Hara lived in Europe for 25 years, and now lives in New York and works internationally. She has been a member of the Elizabeth Foundation in 2010. Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including: Czech National Gallery, Prague; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Macau Art Museum, Macau, China; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the British Museum, London.

Her work is culturally contextualized in the practice of drawing as a fundamental human endeavor and is continuous with the time-honored practice of drawing from life. It requires connection, direct observation and LIVE TRANSMISSION. She draws from and builds on the historical continuum of the field. This work transcends the arbitrary “oppositions” between abstract and figurative art, between purely gestural expression and documentary intent, creating narrative work which results in a final product which is not figurative. The drawings themselves become a third actor or mediator in the experience. That which was beneath notice becomes concretized on the page as the paper receives the image.


摩根·奥哈拉 ( b.1941, 洛杉矶 )


奥哈拉的作品深深植根于绘画——这一人类的基本诉求,并且延续了历史悠久的写生实践。它要求绘画者与被描摹者的深刻连结,直接的观察与“场境转化”(LIVE TRANSMISSION)。她通过自己的观察,以铅笔线条转换运动的轨迹,实时传送外界的波动和生命迹象。她的作品超越了抽象与具象艺术之间,打破了示意表达与纪录意图之间武断的“对立”,创造了具有叙事特点却非具象的绘画。绘画本身成为经验里的第三者或中介物。 这样,在纸张接受图像时,本不易察觉的存在被有形化了。



Born 1941, Los Angeles, California

Lives in New York and works internationally



M.F.A. California State University, Los Angeles 



2016 Morgan O’Hara, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, 2016

Morgan O’Hara, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, 2016

2015 Itself, Galeria Skolska 28, Prague, Czech Republic, 2015

2014 LIVE TRANSMISSION with Camerata Geneva, Centre d”Art Contemporain Project

Room, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014 

Morgan O’Hara, Gallery Operation Table, Kitakyushu, Japan, 2014

LIVE TRANSMISSIONs from vs. Improvisation Festival 2014, Galerie Školskà, Prague,

Czech Republic, 2014

2013 KEYBOARD STUDIES, curated by Daniel Vlsek, Galerie Ferdinand Baumann, Prague,

Czech Republic, 2013

2012 Morgan O’Hara, Galerie Früsorge, Berlin, Germany, 2012

LIVE TRANSMISSION: The English National Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Center

for Recent Drawing, London, 2012

LIVE TRANSMISSION: New Yorkers Reading, curated by Arezoo Moseni, New York

Public Library, New York, 2012

2011 Morgan O’Hara, Nha San Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2011

Morgan O’Hara, New Space Arts Foundation, Hue, Vietnam, 2011

Morgan O’Hara, Janacek Museum, Brno, Czech Republic, 2011

2010 LIVE TRANSMISSION: site specific wall drawings, Alterna y Corriente, Mexico City,


Backstage Transmission, The LAB at Roger Smith Hotel, New York City, 2010

2008 LIVE TRANSMISSION at BAM, curated by David Harper, Brooklyn Academy of Music,

New York, 2008

LIVE TRANSMISSION: Sports, Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan, 2008 

2007 Morgan O’Hara, Gallery Salon, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2007

2005 Morgan O’Hara, Museu de Arte de Macau, Macau, China, 2005

2004 Morgan O’Hara, Galleria O’Artoteca, Milano, Italia, 2004


Santa Rosa, California, 2004

2002 Morgan O’Hara, Trace Installaction Artspace, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 2002

Morgan O’Hara, Gallery 360, Tokyo, Japan, 2002

Mogran O’Hara, Old Ladies House Art Center, Macau, China, 2002

2001 Morgan O’Hara, Huang Rui Studio, Osaka, Japan, 2001

2000 Morgan O’Hara, Galerie Klatovy-Klenova: Vila Manzelu Kotrbovych, Czech Republic,


1997 THE SHAPE OF DISCOURSE, curated by James Elaine, The Drawing Room at the

Drawing Center, New York, 1997 

Morgan O’Hara, Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, 1997

1992 Open Cage, installation and performance, Slovak Philharmony Hall, Bratislava,

Czechoslovakia, 1992

Open Cage,  curated by Jozef Cseres, Galeria ARTdeco, Nove Zamky, Czechoslovakia,


1991 PORTRAIT OF THE CITY OF ŁODZ, Galeria Wschodnia, Lodz, Poland, 1991 

Morgan O’Hara, Galeria Piwna, Warszawa, Poland,1991

1990 Morgan O’Hara, Galerie Petersen, Berlin, 1990



2015 Agosto Foundation Fellowship, Prague, Czech Republic

2011 Adolph and Esther Gottleib Foundation Fellowship

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

2010-2016   Elizabeth Foundation Studio Fellowship

2009 MacDowell Colony / Leon Levy Foundation

David and Rosamond Putnam Travel Fund

2008 Leon Levy Foundation

David and Rosamond Putnam Travel Fund

Milton and Sally Avery Foundation Fellowship

2007 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York

1998 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York

1993 Irish Film Center Studio, Dublin, Ireland; editing of Open Cage video

1991 Studio Akustische Kunst, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln, Germany, Zwei Fische

production grant

1989 Harvestworks Studio Pass, New York, production grant for Experimental Intermedia

Foundation performance

1987 Stream of Activities collaboration, production grant with mathematical psychologist David

Birch, University of Illinois

1986 Fessenden Foundation travel grant for work at Geographiska Institutionens, University of

Lund, Sweden

1985 National Endowment for the Arts Echoes from the Moon with composer Pauline Oliveros

Robert Rauschenberg Change Grant



Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Artists’ Museum, Lodz, Poland

The British Museum, London

Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit, Michigan

Czech National Gallery, Prague

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

Henie-Onstad Kunstzenter, Oslo, Norway

Hood Museum of Art – Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

Janacek Museum, Brno, Czech Republic

Macau Art Museum, Macau, China

Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Olomouc Museum of Art, Czech Republic

St, James Cancer Research Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Vrie Universiteit OZW, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina