Morgan MacLean was born in 1978, in Watertown NY. He spent the summers on the St. Lawrence River where his dad ran the Antique Boat Museum. Morgan’s passion for woodworking stems from his visits to the boat building workshop. Morgan’s mother and grandmother were both painters, which instilled a deep appreciation for form, color, and shading which seeps into all of his work.
Morgan left high school at sixteen to work with artist Josh Simpson, learning the focus and determination it takes to master a craft, before attending the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Morgan graduated from RISD in 2002 earning his B.F.A in sculpture. After graduation, Morgan worked for Frank Gehry building conceptual models and industrial objects. He met his wife, Liz, at the office and they now live in Echo Park, LA with their two daughters. Morgan has also worked with other prominent figures such as Predock Frane Architects, The Doyle Lane estate at the Huntington Museum, Matt Gagnon Studio, as well as Black Buffalo Iron Works.
Since opening his sculpture studio in 2008, Morgan has shown his work at Muriel Guépin Gallery in Brooklyn NY, Fitzroy Gallery in New York NY, IMM Cologne in Cologne Germany, Specific Gallery in Los Angeles CA, Refrom Gallery, and the Landing Gallery in Los Angeles CA, SF20/21: San Francisco Art and Design Show and FOG Design + Art Fair in San Francisco CA, High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree CA, LA Modernism Show in Santa Monica CA, Palm Springs Modernism Show in Palm Springs CA, and Gallery Route One in Point Reyes CA.
Morgan’s sculptures have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Angeleno, California Home + Design, Huntington Frontiers, Esoteric Survey, Sight Unseen, and Louis Vuitton. Morgan’s work will be featured in the forthcoming publication by Birkhäuser Verla, Materials Encyclopedia by Élodie Ternaux.