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“Status et Finish” an exhibition of 25 years of paintings by artist Robert J.M. Morris

(Cincinnati, Ohio) – Join Eisele Gallery as we present works created by Robert J.M. Morris. “Status et Finish” (Start & Finish) represents the artists visual journey from the last 25 years.  Highlights include early works, a selection from the over 100 artworks in the Tempus et Spatium (Time & Space) series, as well as recent paintings. The exhibition will be on view at Eisele Gallery from Thursday June 6th – Saturday June 22nd, 2024 and the reception for the artist will take place Thursday June 6th from 6-9 pm. Robert J.M. Morris is an Australian native and Cincinnati artist known predominantly for his abstract expressionist paintings. Morris conveys depth and perspective as he interprets his surroundings through form and color and explores temporal and physical relationships between himself and the environment.

About Robert J.M. Morris Bob Morris

Morris (b. 1949, Mt. Barker, South Australia) began painting at age 11. He studied under Mervyn Moriarty (founder, Flying Arts School, Queensland) and Betty Churcher (former director, National gallery of Victoria) and began selling by age 19.

Early in his career, he exhibited in Europe and Asia. In his native Australia, his work is represented in national collections, and he is acknowledged as a pioneer Abstract Expressionist of the 60’s and 70’s. His relationship with influential art dealer, Ray Hughes, and his galleries (Brisbane and Sydney) catapulted him to the top of the Australian art scene, exhibiting at galleries and museums there and in Japan, London, and USA. His monumental installations include numerous private and public commissions (Melbourne, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast, Australia).

Morris has been working with abstraction most of his professional life. As a young artist in Australia, he was a member of a group of painters who were working through Paul Klee’s ‘Thinking Eye.’ But in 1967, an American show including the work of Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, and other abstract painters changed his direction. Since that time, he’s been pushing his paintings in his own direction. Color and landscape have always played important roles in his work. He uses color to create movement across and beyond a painting’s surface. Through color reflection, he creates fluctuation depth and perspective as he interprets his surroundings and explores temporal and physical relationships between himself and the environment.

A little over 2 years ago he began the “14 Stations of the Cross” series, where all 14 Stations are shown at once. They comprise a spiritual, rather than a literal interpretation of The Stations. An Abstract Expressionist, Morris conveys emotion through form and color. His work has been described as “topographical” and The Stations may be seen as maps into the mysteries of the spirit.

Morris has had exhibitions as early on as age 19 in Brisbane, his work has shown at the Space Studio Gallery in London (1987), Gallery Tamura in Tokyo, Japan (1988), numerous shows in his homeland Australia at The National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art. In the last two decades, Morris’ work has been gracing the city of Cincinnati. Present day, Robert J.M Morris is being represented by Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Mariemont, OH.

Image: Tempus et Spatium 23, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 36"

About Eisele Gallery

Eisele Gallery, located in Cincinnati, Ohio has long been recognized as one of the most respected fine art galleries in the Midwest. The gallery features a large selection of Traditional and Contemporary artwork. They also work with museum quality estates and collections. Eisele Gallery’s renowned exhibition program fosters excellence within artistic practice, while promoting both emerging established nationally and internationally recognized artists. 

Eisele Gallery Information

Website: Phone: (513) 791-7717

Location: Village of Mariemont 6936 Madisonville Rd. Cincinnati, OH  45227

Admission:  Eisele Gallery is free and open to the public

Parking:  Free parking in rear of building

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 6pm, Saturday: 10am - 4pm. Monday: By Appointment


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