Michael Morris originally from Jersey City, NJ. now lives in Bethel, Connecticut. He is a painter, sculptor and graphic designer. A graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and Yale University with a Bachelors and a Masters of Fine Art in sculpture. His work has appeared in several group shows, solo exhibits at Westport Art Center, in Bethel and South Norwalk, CT showing his large-scale Massurrealist* paintings. He won awards at Silvermine “Art of the Northeast” and “Contemporary Visions” at the University of Bridgeport. Earning a living as a graphic designer/art director for many years. His wide range of clients include companies like Beech Aircraft, NBC, Dos Equis, HBO, General Cigar, and PEZ. During this design period Morris kept painting and recently and importantly has returned to sculpture; working in a geometric/abstract framework that continues to explore the concepts of vibrational energy in all things.
*Michael Morris is an originator of the Massurrealist Art movement. Massurealism is an art form rooted in the interplay between mass media, pop art, contemporary culture and Surrealist imagery. The term massurrealism was coined by artist, James Seehafer. This movement includes many meanings: First, is the concept of mass as in the mass media of television, advertising and the internet, etc. Second, the products of mass production, as in the new phones, automobiles and jet aircraft, vacuum forming, etc. Third, are images from mass culture, beer cans, beach balls, shopping carts, swimming pools, fashions, etc. Encompassing inexplicable concepts from the mass studied by particle physics to vibrational energy and the ideas of oneness of all matter. In other words, combining visual icons from the outer world (what we call reality) and the inner world (the surreal, the venue of the subconscious). Including the big mass/weight we feel and attribute to our .emotions, thoughts and dreams.
Yale University, New Haven, CT - BFA and MFA - 1967
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS - BS in Education - 1960
Pop Up Art Show, Bethel, CT - 2012
Outdoor Sculpture Show, Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT - 2012
Flower Power Show, Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT - 2012
Sculpturefest 2012, Peter Lawrence Gallery, Gaylordsville, CT - 2012
Mark Twain Winter Art Show, Redding, CT 2005 - 2012
One Man Show, Lauretano Gallery, Bethel, CT - 2006
Regional Hospice Arts Festival, Boeringer Ingelheim, Ridgefield, CT - 2005, 2006
First Massurrealist Group Show, South Norwalk, CT 1995
One Man Show, Westport Art Center, Westport, CT 1995
Art of the Northeast, Silvermine School, New Canaan, CT 1995
Marshall Street Artists Show, South Norwalk, CT 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
New Haven Festival of Fine Arts - New Haven 1965, 1966
First Eleven Group Show, Jewish Community Center, New Haven - 1966
Student Sculpture Exhibition - Yale, 1964,1965.1966
Kansas City Arts Festival Show, Kansas City, MO - 1960, 1961, 1962
One Man Show, New Center U.S. Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO - 1963
Seven Group Shows, New Center U.S. Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO - 1961, 1962, 1963
Kansas Painters Show, Pittsburg, KS - 1958, 1959, 1960
Best in Show - Regional Hospice Arts Festival, Boeringer Ingelheim - 2006
Pulminary Associates Prize, Art of the Northeast, Silvermine, CT 1995
University of Bridgeport, Contemporary Visions Show, Bridgeport, Ct 1994
John Ferguson Weir Scholarship - Yale University - 1965/6
Michael enjoys a cigar at the beach.
Opening - Lauretano Show.
Painting Primarily Mozart.
Developing the painting “Tokyo, New York & Paris”.
Work on “Kaleidoscope” a plan for “Yang”and “Ying”.
Sculpture “Reflection” at Mark Twain opening December 2012.
Michael and Dominique Gillain at the opening of
‘Art of the Northeast’ show, His painting won an award.
Michael at the first Massurrealist Show in South Norwalk, CT - 1995.
“Dream of Prosperity”installed under South Norwalk railway bridge.
Michael working on parts for “Soaring”.
Experimenting with twisting forms.
Thinking about “Soaring”.