About Morris Graves:

Morris Graves was a well-known modern American painter and also a member of Northwest School of Visionary Art. Graves was born in Oregon in 1910. Morris Graves family moved to Seattle when he was two-years-old. Morris graves arts reflect his spiritual bond with the culture of Pacific Northwest. He served in the merchant navy at the age of seventeen, which eventually lead him to Asia, where he had the ability to experience various forms of arts.

Morris Graves

Graves’ Art Form:

Morris graves started formal training in art in Beaumont, Texas.  He began full-time painting after returning to Seattle. He also received regional recognition in the annual art exhibition help in the modern art museum.  Before settling in Ireland in 1954, he traveled a lot through Europe and Asia.

Graves’ craft does not fit effortlessly into acknowledged categories. His style was influenced by both territorial and worldwide impacts. In the wake of being named a surrealist at a very early stage in his career, Graves immediately surrendered most stylist related with surrealism. He stayed focused on the surrealist philosophy that arts must uncover the artist’s intuitive and serve as a gateway to the unknown art world.

Morris Graves paintings of the wounded bird and extraordinarily brilliant radiant flowers combined the soul of American Transcendentalism with Asian logic. Morris Graves passed on 2001in his home in Loleta, Calif. He was 90 when he died.

Morris Graves thought the mechanical catastrophe of industry and technology, the planes that flew over his roof and cars in his street was a noteworthy hindrance to his journey.

Some of the major institutions that have the work of Graves as permanent collections are,

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY)
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Museé des Beaux-Arts de l’Ontario (Toronto, Canada)
  • Art Institute of (Chicago, IL)
  • Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD)
  • Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY); Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)
  • Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
  • Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)
  • High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC);

Animals possess large amounts of his compositions and birds show up with extraordinary recurrence.  They are more metaphorically represented rather than just illustrations. Avoiding contact with contemporary modern life, Graves in the 1960s painted reflections in light of the noise of the machine age with a level of understanding possible only to Graves himself.