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John Morfis Paintings

American, b. 1976

John Morfis was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, in 1976. His humble beginnings made pursuing a career in art difficult and paradoxically necessary. Fixated on making things aesthetically pleasing, Morfis made an extreme departure from his family life when he chose to base his life on art. Surrounded by mechanics, welders and otherwise trade workers, Morfis had a tough time expressing his interest in a world much more utilitarian and much less expressive and impractical. With an extraordinary desire to be an artist and a grant awarded, Morfis was able to earn a bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in painting from the University of Hartford in 1998. While there John studied oil painting under American realist Stephen Brown. His first solo show took place in 2007 at the Ellen Traut Collection in Hartford, Connecticut and was a near-sellout. Since then John has had success up and down the northeastern coast of the United States working with various galleries and collectors. His work has also appeared in various group shows at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut.

(Biography provided by Grenning Gallery)
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Artist: John Morfis
Pauls Jacket
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a vintage flannel zip-up. A classic red tartan plaid jacket, on a wooden hanger, hanging from a single nail, against a grey backdrop. Brushstrokes can be seen in t...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Oil, Panel

Red Ice Block Tongs
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of an antique pair of tongs, meant for use during ice fishing. Suspended from a small rope, hanging from a single nail, against a grey backdrop. Brushstrokes can be s...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Panel, Oil

Lauren's Watering Can
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Trompe l-oeil painting of a watering can on a chartreuse background.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Oil

Dad's Hand Drill
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Oil

English Riding Spurs
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Continuing our very long tradition of spotting new artists, the Grenning Gallery is pleased to introduce John Morfis (b.1976). He strikes us as one of the most interesting rising tal...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Oil

The Oar Locks
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted from life in his connecticut studio, John Moris paints two metal oar locks. These tools are normally attached to the sides of a row-boat, and lock in the oars with which a sa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Oil

Yellow Plug on Cedar Shake
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
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2010s American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Branching Out
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted from life, a bunch of tomatoes on a vine lay just behind a full voluptuous summer fresh red tomato. Painted in oil, in the style of trompe l'oeil against a monochromatic back...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Meriden Cutlery 1870
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Uncle Teds Tomatoes
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist John Morfis Paintings

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Ladle
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Spatula
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Key With Turquoise Lanyard
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
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Slender Shovel on Red
By John Morfis
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
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