Cathy Breslaw's Installation

Cathy Breslaw's Installation
Cathy Breslaw's Installation:Dreamscape

Friday, September 13, 2013

Richard Allen Morris, A Painter's Painter - 'Quick Draw' PREVIEW of Morris's show opening Sept 14,R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla

The Muse, 2013, ink on paper, 11" x 8 1/2"
Over 240 small jewels grace the walls of R.B. Stevenson Gallery – hung salon style. Richard Allen Morris, often referred to as a ‘painter’s painter, has lived and worked in San Diego since 1956. At age 80, Morris’s work continues to gain momentum and the recognition it deserves. His paintings, mixed media assemblages and portraits are in museum and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.  “Quick Draw” is a collection of works, most of which are smaller than 8 ½ x 11inches.  The artist selected the frames, each unique and distinctive with it’s own character, melding nicely with each art piece.  Consistent with his abstract expressionistic style, many of the works are fresh, spontaneous and gestural in their creation.  Works made from collage, ink, graphite, and paint are masterfully executed – showing the span of Morris’s oeuvre.  Often bold and playful, these tiny gems appear as snippets - observations and impressions Morris has of the world around him. Also present in these pieces is his experimental spirit and continuing curiosity about drawing and painting. Though this exhibition doesn’t cover the scale, dimensionality or depth of Morris’s many bodies of work, it is a thoughtful insight into this dedicated and accomplished artist and perhaps an introduction for those not familiar with his art.

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