Morrison's Horizon

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Aritst: George Morrison
October 25 - December 6, 1998
Minnesota Artists Gallery

The unique and abiding vision of George Morrison was honored in his eightieth year through this exhibition of recent paintings from his famous Horizon Series. All were Red Rock Variations, named for Morrison's studio home in Grand Portage.

George Morrison (1919-2000) was the first and most prominent Native American on the New York art scene in the 1940s and is a central figure of the American Indian Fine Arts Movement today. A prolific abstract painter and sculptor, he has been widely recognized for five decades; his work is found in private and public collections around the world.

For half a century, Morrison was strongly influenced by the principles of Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. He continued to use formal elements expressively and to employ methods such as automatism that enabled him to tap into the subconscious and universal mythic images. Yet his work also reflects the spiritually of his Ojibwe heritage. This is especially evident in the Horizon Series-patterned abstractions representing the union of water and sky.

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