The paintings in this exhibition, Into White, were developed from the artist’s exploration of the tension resulting from ‘the presence of white or the absence of color in an image.’ Painting with a limited palette allows Mort to draw the viewer’s attention to specific details in each composition, like the petals of a blooming peony or the intricate striations of a conch shell. His use of white in the recent watercolors and oils evoke an ethereal beauty, enticing the viewer to appreciate his take on the objects depicted.
Widely recognized as a renowned contemporary realist, Greg Mort's paintings are included in the collections of national and international cultural institutions such as the Delaware Art Museum, Brandywine River Museum, Farnsworth Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others.
Mort has continued his multifaceted career as an artist with remarkable success with over 25 years at Somerville Manning Gallery. Mort’s interests in science and nature not only influence his paintings, but also his involvement in the promotion of environmental activism and awareness through the arts. He has been recognized by both the scientific and artistic communities for his advocacy and was invited to lecture at the American Museum of Natural History INSAP VII Conference in July 2013. Mort also participates in the Art in Embassies program, which placed his 2008 painting One World in the United Nations American Embassy in New York City and then recently relocated to The White House in Washington D.C. Additionally, the artist’s 2004 Portrait of Carl Sagan is currently featured in the Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum’s exhibition High Art: A Decade.