Sculpture, Installation, Drawings, Painting

Annie Morris

United Kingdom 1978

Installation, Sculpture, Collage, Drawing

Annie Morris
Annie Morris
United Kingdom
January 31, 2015
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Annie Morris is a multimedia artist that produces paintings, sculptures, and collages. She became known for illustrations when, in 2003, she came into the public eye for her collaboration with her longtime friend Sophie Dahl (granddaughter of the famous British children’s writer Roald Dahl) on the book Man with the Dancing Eyes. Her prolific output and figurative obsession conveys a young artist simultaneously at ease and un-settled with herself and her practice.

Annie was born in London in 1978. Influenced by Paul Klee and Robert Rauschenberg, Morris studied painting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. After staying there for four years she completed her education at the Slade School of Fine Art, in London.

The paintings, sculpture and collage of Annie Morris are obsessive, energetic and thoughtful. She is above all else a mark maker who uses the simplest of tools to make striking, often haunting images.Her peg pieces are constructed through rows and rows of clothes pegs. A female figure, often a self-portrait, is drawn onto each peg with watercolour swathed over them. Formally they become impressive objects hovering between figuration and abstraction; painting and relief sculpture. Conceptually the female figure is laid bare on the most basic of domestic objects whilst their compulsive repetition pays homage to one of Morris major influences – the Outsider artists.

Likewise her glass figures expose a primitive angst and a need to engage with the self. They show Morris’ fascination with the work of art as object: the relationship between two and three dimensions, front and back, color and transparency. Morris’ plaster paintings reveal her skill as both a colourist and a draughtsman. Deep greens, browns and ochres off-set one another whilst line is used to create a classical yet child-like world of animals, figures, houses and trees. The innocent sophistication gives the work their charm yet one also senses a lonely, questioning spirit beneath the recessed lines and coloured surface. The fragmented surface of the postcard pieces combine the compulsive nature of the pegs, her unquenchable desire to draw and create with the seemingly classical slant of her profiles and figures.

Annie Morris currently lives and works in London.

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Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Hope From a Thin Line Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NYSolo
2013Scuplture Al Fresco III Great Fosters Sculpture ParkGroup
2013London Art Fair, Pertwee, Anderson and Gold GalleryGroup
2012There is a Land Called Loss Pertwee Anderson and Gold Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2012Merging BridgesBaku Museum of Modern Art, Azerbaijan,Group
2012The British Cut The Space, Fine Art Society, Hong KongGroup
2012This is LondonShizaru Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2012The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Curated Room, London, EnglandGroup
2011The London Art Fair Thomas Williams Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2010Annie Morris Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NYSolo
2010The Big Rip Off Camden Arts Centre, London, EnglandGroup
2010House of Fairly Tales Victor Wynd Fine Art, London, EnglandGroup
2010House of Fairly Tales St. Ives, London, EnglandGroup
2010House of Fairy Tales The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, EnglandGroup
2007When a Happy Thing Falls Allsopp Contemporary. London, EnglandSolo
2007When a Happy Thing Falls Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NYSolo
2007Allsopp Contemporary Miami Art FairGroup
2007Jeannie Frielich Fine Art, Miami Art FairGroup
2006Annie Morris LightBox Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006Nine Jeannie Frielich Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2006UntitledThe Rivington Arms Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005Annie Morris Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2005Annie Morris: Glass Painting Postcards, Thomas Williams Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2005Francesca Gavin Postcard Exhibition London, EnglandGroup
2005Thomans Williams Fine Art London, EnglandGroup
2004Annie MorrisAdam St. Gallery. London, EnglandSolo
2004The Man With the Dancing Eyes The Daniel Katz Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2003UntitledThe Foundry, London, EnglandGroup
2002UntitledThe Rivington Arms Gallery, New York, NYGroup