Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1958. His works include a wide variety of waterscapes, seascapes, and rural landscapes, as well as townscapes. All these subjects are captured spontaneously in his understated Impressionist style.
Morris's master of plein-air painting, his rapid minimalist-inclined brushwork captures glistening light like no other. And like all real masters, he makes it look so easy - and beautiful. Which is why his widely exhibited works are so highly sought after by collectors, and represented in public and private collections across Ireland, in the USA.
Like many Impressionist painters, Morris's boundless love of nature, along with his fascination for light, atmosphere and distance adds more than a little magic to his work. One can only imagine the amount of solitary effort and practice required to achieve the degree of freshness in his pictures. Indeed, Morris himself alluded to this preparatory training when he described his compulsive habit of making "quick oil or pencil sketches when something has caught my eye! Mornings and evenings, come rain, hail or shine I will stop and do this, gradually putting together a kind of...visual diary which I use as reference for my paintings.
In terms of his contribution to Irish art, Morris stands with other highly talented contemporary representational painters in Ireland, who are trying to maintain and promote traditional painterly values. Along with Norman Teeling, David Nolan, Paul Kelly and Henry McGrane, he is a member of the new artist group, the Oil Painters of Ireland, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of high quality representational oil painting.
Kenny Gallery (Galway 2004, 2008)
Waterford Festival (2005)
Garreth O'Connor & Associates (Dublin 2006)
Daffodil Gallery (Skerries 2007)
Gormleys Gallery (Belfast 2007)
Barbara Stanley Gallery (London 2008)