John Morris, Acrylics & Mixed Media
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Like a poet uses words, John H. Morris, Jr., a resident of Fountain Hills, Arizona, uses a variety of materials and layers of colored paint to convey a feeling and hold it in place. His colorful, multi-medium artwork becomes a vibrant, tangible message to the viewer of what he is seeing and feeling at that particular moment of creation. His art is wild. It’s full of emotion and spirit.
Morris decided that he wanted to paint when he was in 10th grade, and through the years his passion for art has continued to grow. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a major in art education. He then went on to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts, majoring in Painting.
During and after college he taught at several schools, including his alma maters, as well as the University of Colorado, the University of Wisconsin Marshfield, and the Sheboygan Area School District in Sheboygan, WI.
It is easy to see why Morris begins the titles of many of his works with the words, “Ode To…” His work reflects his joy for painting and his interpretation of his view of life through his use of exhilarating brush strokes and a broad palette of color. He invites the viewer to join him as he describes a scene or feeling that has inspired him. Morris wants and expects a hands-on experience with his art. He invites people to touch his paintings.
By creating in this colorful, non-representational style Morris also believes it allows the viewer to see and feel whatever they personally want to, which is exactly what draws art collectors to his work. After making a purchase at a studio art tour in March, an art collector wrote to Morris to reiterate that very message.
The talented artist has won awards for his unique work, and Morris has been invited to exhibit his work at many shows in Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio among other places. He has participated in many Invitational Shows, including the Tri-International Invitational (USA, Italy and Japan) in Numazu City, Japan. He has also done one-man shows and group shows including recently at the Fountain Hills Arts Council in Arizona and the Tour d’Artists in Fountain Hills. His work is featured in countless corporate and private collections throughout the United States.