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Canore, Wexford by John Morris


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John Morris

John Morris was born in Dublin in 1958. He has been painting since the late 1990’s and is primarily self-taught. John’s paintings of seascapes and landscapes are described as having "raw and vibrant strokes of paint giving his work great vitality and freshness". John demonstrates the ability to capture a glimpse of passing time and light. It is this observation of a moment and relaying it to canvas that John finds both exciting and challenging.

John has shown work in over fifty exhibitions across Ireland, including solo exhibitions in London and Gormleys Fine Art Gallery. His work can be found in many collections including those of the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, The National Council for the Blind of Ireland, Mount Juliet, Co. Kilkenny, Conor Lenihan Minister Of State, Aghadoe Heights Hotel Killarney, Co Kerry and The Parknasilla Hotel Collection. The Special Olympic Council presented Bertie Ahern with a painting of John’s and he is also mentioned in Norman Teeling’s book ‘Norman Teeling paints the Irish landscape in oils’.


"My paintings are about light and it's effects on objects such as figures, water, landscape and it's quick colour change. Composition is of high importance to my work. I sketch with pencil, charcoal or oil. These sketches, along with photographs, make up a visual diary which is used as reference material for my paintings. I make a quick charcoal sketch to create the composition. I then begin to paint; quickly at first, then slowing as the painting becomes more resolved. My aim is to make the work look fluid, spontaneous and not laboured.

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