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Burton Morris

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Burton Morris Biography

born Pittsburgh, PA (USA) 1964

Building on the legacy of Pop Art masters of the 1960s-70s, Artist Burton Morris presents his personal world of popular American icons that put a delightful spin on everyday objects and motifs. In his post-Pop style, Morris boldly projects an enticing mood of happiness, high energy and fun.

Morris' forbears were Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Red Grooms. He also employs some of the shorthand gestures of comic strips and magazines he has loved and emulated since childhood. These classic devices are seen in his simplified forms and action lines indicating movement joined with his rich acrylic colors. Morris imbues his art with his own impeccable style and optimistic frame of mind.

The artist's distinctive sword-like slashes suggesting shards of energy come from his study of woodcut prints. Two of his heroes are Albrecht Durer and Rockwell Kent. Durer used similar hatching in the sixteenth century. Twentieth century American artist Rockwell Kent illustrated books and designed bookplates with such lines. Artists for The New York Review of Books emulated his style in small India ink drawings called "gloomies" in journalistic parlance.

Burton Morris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1964. Like the late Pop artist Keith Haring, Morris felt an early attraction to Belgian artist Pierre Alechinsky's paintings that resemble fantastic comic strips. Both artists saw the Belgian's large exhibition in the International Series at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, in 1977.

Morris earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986 and, during three more years while art directing and doing television commercials, he began developing his post-Pop drawings.

The artist established the Burton Morris Studios in 1990. That year he began making his small post-Pop icons more impressive by enlarging them. He also tightened his brushwork into his present precise style. He would choose one subject per composition to create what he calls "an instant happening" for the viewer.

In his paintings Morris energizes every day images with his unique style. Subjects such as a steaming coffee cup, a swirling martini, and a dancing popcorn box all take on a new life under his paintbrush . These images among many others are now internationally known.

Morris has exhibited his artwork internationally in galleries and museums. He was selected by the International Olympic Committee to create 36 original paintings regarding the spirit of the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Museum hosted a one-man exhibition in Lausanne, Switzerland, during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Reaching out to mass audiences, Morris has created signature images for the 76th annual Academy Awards, the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, The Andre Agassi Foundation, and the 2006 Major League Baseball All- Star Game. In addition, fans of the legendary television sitcom "Friends", were familiar with Morris' artwork that adorned its set for ten seasons.

His paintings hang in the corporate collections of Warner Bros.Studios, Gallo Winery, Microsoft and H.J. Heinz. He has created murals and installations for

The South Shore Plaza, The UPMC Sports Medical Center, and The David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Morris currently splits his time between homes and studios in both Los Angeles, CA and Pittsburgh, PA.

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  • 1986 - Burton received a BFA degree in design and fine art from Carnegie Mellon University

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  • Liberty Face - Acrylic on canvas
  • Coffee Cup - Acrylic on canvas
  • Speed Racer - Acrylic on canvas
  • Batman Kissing - Acrylic on canvas
  • Casablanca - Acrylic on canvas
  • Chaplin - Acrylic on canvas
  • Herd On The Street "The Pig" - Burton Morris Lithograph
  • Double Pop'Arazzi - Acrylic on canvas
  • King Kong - Acrylic on canvas
  • Stardust Memories - Burton Morris Lithograph
  • Lollipops - Acrylic on canvas
  • Batman "Pow" - Acrylic on canvas
  • Tree World - Acrylic on canvas
  • Jukebox State I - Silkscreen
  • Fruit Bowl - State III - Silkscreen
  • I Love You - State II - Silkscreen
  • American Pop - Burton Morris Lithograph
  • Ricola Box - Acrylic on thick canvas
  • Caran D'Ache Pencils - Acrylic on canvas
  • William Tell Apple - Acrylique on canvas
  • Zipper - Acrylic on canvas
  • Taxi State II
  • Love Bug
  • Penny A Pop - Burton Morris Lithograph

Quotes

  • "I plan to keep exhibiting my art, keep branding my style, keep maturing as an artist and keep inspring kids. My goal is to inspire kids to create in a positive way."
  • "I want to make an impact on today's art world by adding a contemporary twist to traditional Pop Art."
  • "My artwork portrays popular icons and ideas that people can relate to in everyday life."

Quick Facts

  • work appeared on the sets of TV sitcoms "Friends" and "Just Shoot Me"

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  • Anheuser Busch
  • American Express
  • Mitsubishi
  • Coca-Cola
  • Sony
  • AT&T Enterprises
  • MacDonalds

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