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b. 1959, Australia

James Morrison Biography

James Morrison was born in Papua New Guinea in 1959 and lived there until his early teens. It is these years spent surrounded by the most magical aspects of the natural world which continue to influence the artist’s work. His paintings, drawings and sculptures combine the bush mythologies encountered in his childhood with European fairytales and fables. The resulting works reflect interests in nature, history and evolution.

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James Morrison’s work has recently been included in the exhibitions Wilderness: Balnaves contemporary painting Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2010), 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Before and After Science, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2010), Fully Booked, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, Australia (2010), Living deadly – haunted surfaces in contemporary art, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2010), I Walk the Line: New Australian Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2009), Darren Knight Gallery at Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand (2009), The Enchanted Forest - New Gothic Storytellers, 2008 -2009 (Geelong Gallery and touring) and The World in Painting, 2007 -2009 (Heide Museum of Modern Art and touring). His paintings were also included in the international exhibitions 10 Commandments, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany, 2004 and MATRIX 213, Some Forgotten Place, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, 2004.

Morrison’s work is held in the collections of Monash University Collection, Melbourne, Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia, and Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Victoria. He currently lives and works in Melbourne.

James Morrison Featured Artworks

The great Tasmanian wars (detail) by James Morrison contemporary artwork painting
James Morrison The great Tasmanian wars (detail), 2004 Oil on canvas, 55 panels
30.5 x 1667.5 cm
Not for sale
Tarrawarra Museum of Art
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