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Jameson Magrogan | Studio Visit

We are excited to introduce Jameson Magrogan to Tappan. Magrogan is a painter from Baltimore who received his BFA in Painting from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in 2014. He currently lives and works in Baltimore. We sat down with Jameson to learn a little more about him and his practice. 

Tell us about this series of work?

This work is about trying to make an honest picture. I’m considering what it means for images or moments to share space within a picture plane, and I’ve been thinking a lot about craft and how it relates to a personal value structure.

I’ve been looking at a lot of still life painting recently. 

When did you start calling yourself an artist?

I’ve never really called myself an artist. Sometimes, I say I’m a painter, in the same way I’m a coffee drinker, because that's what I spend much of my time doing.

Tell us about the arts community in Baltimore? How has it changed since you graduated from MICA?

The arts community in Baltimore is amazing, I think it's a really exciting time to be here as an artist making work. There are lots of inspiring people doing great things. I can barely keep up with all of the private creative ventures.

Tell us about your studio practice?

I work best when I get to the studio early in the morning. I listen to Terry Gross or Diane Rehm on the drive and while I’m getting started. Once I get going I don’t listen to anything.

I generally work on one thing at a time, never more than two.  My studio practice relies on getting as many hours in the studio as i can and doesn’t always revolve around producing a huge amount.  It’s a lot of standing around.

Regarding your method of making, is it a case of the material or method dictating the idea of the other way around?

For me, the method tends to be the idea in my work. The material is just a preference.

Do you find art-making therapeutic?

Sure, it's a major part of my routine.

What are you most proud of?

Probably my work ethic.

If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?

Grace Hartigan

What motivates you?

Anxiety about not making anything.

What is one artist living or dead you feel a great connection to?

Pierre Bonnard.

Did you grow up around other creative people?


What's one thing you've always wanted to try but you've been too scared to do?

Encaustics and ceramics. 

What’s the coolest thing in your room?

Art from my friends.

Last gallery show you went to? How was it?

MICA undergrad commencement exhibition. That show is always impressive.

What else are you working on right now?

I’m working with a friend on creating a mixed use space for artists near Baltimore’s former “Superblock”.

What’s next?

Next, making more work.

Explore Jameson's Collection