Distinguished. Professional. Admirable. Esteemed. If this makes MORTON KAISH sound like an old master, think again. His relish for blazing rapturous color, vigorous brushwork & intricate handling, produces paintings that radiate joyful exuberance; their glow and energy that of a young painter.
The results are romantic but never sentimental. He is by his own admission "a glass is half-full guy." This is especially evident in his landscape and flower pictures, 30 pictures from 30 years 1986-2016.
His other love affair is the coming together of sea and sky over a coastal landscape. "For me it's magical." It began on his honeymoon in Provincetown in 1948, and continues to inspire many dramatic paintings.
Chilmark 2001 captures loose sweeps of tumbling coastal grasses beside quivering clumps of delicious wild flowers. "I wanted it to move," he explains. And it does. A big 6 ft 'Sea Garden" shows an intense stormy sky, set beyond pale cliffs while a flood of unique blooms cluster round a triumphant red hollyhock ? spire. This, he says "takes a Chilmark moment to extreme. Our friends had this dream house on Martha's Vineyard with the Atlantic Ocean as backdrop." Wild Irises and West Wind 2012 are instances where one can actually feel a fresh breeze off the water.
Landscape and flowers are just once aspect of Kaish's armory. This year's beautiful photogravures of giant magnolia blooms found in California, demonstrate that he continues to live an enviable creative life of travel and adventure.
New York, November 2016.