Morgan O'Hara's art is culturally contextualized in the practice of drawing as a fundamental human endeavor. It is continuous with the time-honored practice of drawing from life and builds on the historical continuum of the field. Requiring presence, connection, direct observation, LIVE TRANSMISSION transcends arbitrary "oppositions" between abstract and figurative art, between purely gestural expression and documentary intent, resulting in narrative work that is not figurative. LIVE TRANSMISSION drawing communicates beyond the specificity of language.
New York based artist O’Hara works internationally and her work has been shown in major public exhibitions since the 1980s. O’Hara’s work is represented in collections worldwide: The British Museum, Metropolian Museum, New York; National Gallery, Washington, DC.; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, Macau Museum of Art, China; Czech National Gallery, Prague; Moravska Galerie, Brno, CZ, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norwayl. She is represented by Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York.
She has received numerous grants and fellowships including grants from the Gottleib Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement, Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, MacDowell, Elizabeth Foundation Studio Fellowship, Center for Book Arts, New York; Fessenden Foundation, Artist Fellowships, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, etc.