Burton Morris

United States 1964



Burton Morris
Burton Morris
United States
May 30, 2016

Burton Morris makes colorful and bold pop art using everyday objects as a central theme. His vivid colors emphasize the simplicity and graphic pop character of his artwork. Using imagery from pop culture, brands, and logos, he makes vibrant art that gives a new dimension to random, ordinary items, such as certain food types, coffee cups, ketchup bottles, cars, and tools. Some of his works was a permanent part of a famous cafe, Central Perk, from the TV show Friends. He exhibited artwork worldwide, from the Europe to the USA.

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Burton Morris – Pop Artists: Warhol, Lichtenstein, Haring

Burton Morris Studios

Burton Morris was born in 1964, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After an accident, he had when he was just 3 years old, he was on bedrest and he fell in love with drawing, since it was all he could do. He studied graphic design and illustration at the Carnegie Mellon University and graduated in 1986. His first career-making job was at an advertising agency, where he worked as the art director. He founded Burton Morris Studios in 1990. Just two years later his artwork appeared in the TV show Friends, and he had a major collaboration with Absolut Vodka. His childhood love for comic books, and love for Pop Art, especially Andy Warhol, gave him the idea to start combining illustration and graphic design. Morris started working with basic elements of pop art, such as food packaging, grocery store objects, and icons of popular culture. He used them to express his optimistic and bright energy and colorful style.

Burton Morris made a poster for the Annual Academy Awards

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Burton Morris – 76th Annual Academy Awards, 2004

Contemporary Take on the Oscar Awards and the Olympics

Morris had a major success with his 76th Annual Academy Awards poster. Inspired by his childhood hero Dick Tracy, he made a contemporary illustration of a man in a suit, holding a camera, ready to take a picture. The viewer is encouraged to imagine all the Hollywood A-listers standing on the red carpet, striking a pose. Hollywood is all about tradition and classics, and Burton Morris managed to bring a breath of fresh air into their image. The next big thing for Morris was the invitation to design work for the Summer Olympic Games in 2004. The assignment was to capture the contemporary spirit of the Olympics, and he successfully did so by making Olympic torches appear in a repetitive manner, just in different color. Ingeniously captivating, these images were modern, fresh, with a certain buzz, yet still iconic, and perfectly suitable for the occasion. His fondness of icons comes from the advertising background, where he learned to communicate in the pictorial language. Burton uses the common method, a picture is worth a thousand words, and creates a unique experience for the viewer, leaving them feeling positive and optimistic.

Morris’ images are appearing in repetitive manner, emphasizing the universal character of the icon

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Burton Morris – Heinz

Coca Cola Artworks in New York

His goal was to create simple icons, make them as a brand, and showcase them. So, when he was asked to commemorate a Coca-Cola bottle in 2015, celebrating the 100 years of the famous brand, he continued where he predecessors left and gave an image to the iconic product. His mantra is that an icon, a pop art icon, has to be recognizable, likable and appealing. He made 100 Coca-Cola bottle paintings, as a partial homage to Warhol, who made 100 Campbell soup paintings. Coca-Cola represents group gatherings, family dinner, summer refreshment, a typical classic American thing. Burton tried to experiment with his artwork and used spray paint, acrylics, and screen printing. The colors stayed classic though silver, red, black and white. He presented this work at the Soho Contemporary Art Exhibition in New York, where, before him, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jean-Michel Basquiat were exhibiting their work. Burton Morris makes real pop art icon, and he himself is an icon, too.

The artist is represented by Kunzt Gallery.

Burton Morris lives and works in the USA.

Featured image: Burton Morris – Nightstand
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015LA Art ShowLos Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2015Palm Springs Art FairPalm Springs, CaliforniaGroup
2014Exhibition at the Ferrari MuseumModena, ItalyGroup
2014Burton MorrisSenator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaSolo
2013Burton MorrisION Orchard Art Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2013Burton MorrisSoho Contemporary Art, New York CitySolo
2013Burton MorrisGerald Hartinger Gallery, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2012Burton MorrisTagliatella Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Burton MorrisGalerie Mensing, Munich, GermanyGroup
2012Burton MorrisChelsea Piers, New York, New YorkGroup
2011Burton MorrisZimmer Children’s Museum, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2011Burton MorrisThe World of Coca-Cola Museum, Atlanta, GeorgiaGroup
2010Burton MorrisPop & Contemporary Fine Art, SingaporeGroup
2010Burton MorrisSamuel Lynne Gallery, Dallas, TexasGroup
2009Burton MorrisHofstra University Museum, West Hempstead, New YorkSolo
2009Burton MorrisKellogg Corporation, Battle Creek, MichiganSolo
2009Burton MorrisPop International Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2009Burton MorrisHamilton Selway Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2008Burton MorrisVisionnaire Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2008Burton MorrisAdamar Fine Arts, Miami, FloridaGroup
2007Burton MorrisSeomi & Tuus, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Burton MorrisArt Statements Gallery, Central, Hong KongGroup
2006Burton MorrisHamilton Selway Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2006Burton MorrisGalerie ID, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2006Burton MorrisCentre PasquArt, Bienne, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Burton MorrisHickory Museum of Art, Hickory, North CarolinaGroup
2005Burton MorrisPop International Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2004Burton MorrisAcademy Of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2004Burton MorrisMontreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, SwitzerlandGroup
2004Burton MorrisInternational Olympic Museum, Lausanne, SwitzerlandSolo
2003Burton MorrisSotheby’s, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2003Burton MorrisGalerie Marguetta, Rome, ItalyGroup
2003Burton MorrisGalerie ID, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2002Burton MorrisMendelson Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaGroup
2001Burton MorrisSetan Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2000Burton MorrisPop International Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2000Burton MorrisGalerie ID, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup