1 of 4 images

Don Morris
Group Hero 2

2015

About

Don Morris was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1935. After finishing his undergraduate work at Tulane, he obtained his doctorate degree at Louisiana State University. The board-certified plastic surgeon developed an interest in contemporary art in the late sixties. For years he was affiliated with the Milwaukee Art Museum as a member of the acquisitions committee, as well as chairman of their Contemporary Art Society. He became an ardent collector and began working with metal as a hobby, inspired by the sculptural work of Frank Stella. He turned to comic books, however, when he “got tired of getting burned by the welding torch and hot metal.” Morris began his art career in earnest upon retiring from plastic surgery in 2002. His constructions embody the creative and manual elements of his former medical practice, and the comic book medium allows him to incorporate the psychological side of the plastic surgery process. The uniformly undulating surface of gentle peaks and curves in the folds of the comic book pages capture the viewer with a story as they unfold. From a distance, one sees the interplay of colors and texture; up close, the superheroes fly, struggle, and climb in small fragments and vignettes. The expressive faces of the characters show all the emotion of the human psyche, and word bubbles create dialogue between the action heroes. The compilation of thousands of comic book sections form constructions ranging from four to eight feet tall, leaving viewers with an unforgettable image of energetic architectural elements in a distinctive, physical composition. Morris has taken the iconic comic book of our youth, reduced it to narrow strips and bands, and re-invented it into a mass of bright color and texture. “Although there are many aspects of my work that can be intellectualized, the fundamentals still require that inner aesthetic sense,” explains Morris. “But in the final analysis it is the viewer that deems my work either ‘art’ or ‘folly.’ I ply my trade before a thousand critics.” In a very short time from entering the art world, Morris has seen a meteoric rise in his prominence as an artist. His comic book constructions are found in museums and significant collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 16 in. x W 16 in. x D 1.5 in.

    H 40.64 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 3.81 cm

  • Gallery location
    Riverdale, NY
  • Reference number
    LU1662420812

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2015
Located in Riverdale, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN

Group Hero 4

Don Morris

Paper, Varnish

Don Morris was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1935. After finishing his undergraduate work at Tulane, he obtained his doctorate degree at Louisiana State University. The board...

NaN

Diamond Heroes

Don Morris

Varnish, Wood Panel, Magazine Paper

Diamond Heroes is a comic-book construction. 36x36x2.5. It hangs in a diamond shape. Don Morris was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1935. After finishing his undergraduate work ...

NaN

Nightwalker 3

Wayne Zebzda

Paper, Soot, Spray Paint, Varnish

Wayne Zebzda was born in Hartford Connecticut and started his journey out west attending the San Francisco Art Institute on a full scholarship as a painting major. With day jobs in c...

NaN

Occult

Oliver Peterson

Acrylic, Fabric, Newsprint

Watermill resident Oliver Peterson reveres the bucolic nature of his hometown, but finds inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. Graffiti, structural decay, the pop zeitgeist, lite...

You May Also Like
NaN

Scavi XLI Triptych Abstract

Marcia Myers

Linen, Paper, Varnish, Acrylic

Size: 70x60x1.5 Triptych Fresco, luma, varnish on linen Marcia Myers was an American painter best known for her large-scale Color Field abstractions. Emulating the traditional fresco...

NaN Sale Price
20% Off

Dove of Peace II

Martine Barnard

Gold Leaf, Varnish, Oil, Handmade Paper

Delicate oil and gold leaf painting on hand made paper. Deckled edges under the matting Image 30" x 20" Matted 33" x 23.5"

NaN

Budding / Rose photographic wall sculpture book

Roger Jordan

Fabric, Silk, Wood, Varnish, Mixed Media, Photographic Paper, Archival P...

'Budding', a mixed media sculptural photographic triptych book created by hand, in an edition of three, as part of a unique series. Roger Jordan explores abstractions at the edge of...

NaN

Virgin Ice Sunrise / sculptural photographic book

Roger Jordan

Fabric, Silk, Wood, Varnish, Mixed Media, Photographic Paper, Archival P...

Mixed media sculptural photographic triptych book. Roger Jordan explores abstractions at the edge of the natural world through a body of work focused on clouds, water, reflections, a...

NaN

Virgin Ice / sculptural book

Roger Jordan

Fabric, Silk, Wood, Varnish, Mixed Media, Photographic Paper, Archival P...

Mixed media sculptural abstract photographic triptych book features three scenes of virgin ice ponds in California's Yosemite National Park. Roger Jordan explores abstractions at the...

NaN

Shadow Box

Molly McCall

Varnish, Oil, Vellum, Silver Gelatin

In Home Movies McCall employs the cinematic qualities of found vintage photographs to construct narratives exploring the passage of time, transition, transformation, and loss. Each s...

Price Upon Request

Woody

Ronnie Cutrone

Acrylic, Paper, Screen, Watercolor

Ronnie Cutrone was an American pop artist known for his large-scale paintings of some of America's favorite cartoon characters, such as Felix the Cat, Pink Panther and Woody Woodpecker.

NaN

"Biker Girl"

Joe Chierchio

Paper, Watercolor, Color Pencil

Colored pencil with watercolor wash on paper "Biker Girl" by the American artist, Joe Chierchio. Original artwork. Signed lower right. Done in 2016. Condition: excellent. Professio...