Paul Morrison (English, b.1966) is a renowned English painter and printmaker. Morrison was born in Liverpool, England, and he attended Sheffield City Polytechnic from 1985 to 1988, graduating with a BFA. He then attended Goldsmiths College of Art, in London, from 1995 to 1996, graduating with PG DIP in Fine Art, and continued with his studies at the same institution, graduating with an MFA in 1998.

Morrison tends to produce large monochromatic botanical landscapes that seem at the same time foreign and similar. All of Morrison's paintings are produced in two coats of acrylic paint, scanned into a computer and then edited before being projected onto canvas. Morrison likes to make his figures disproportionate in size, stretching tiny plants to very big sizes and shrinking massive trees, a technique called Cognitive Landscaping. Examples of his works include Epithelium (2006), Lonicera (2009), and Dactylis (2011).

Morrison held his first solo exhibition in London in 1996. He has been involved with a number of publications such as Chloroplast, published by Southampton City Art Gallery, texts by Simon Wallis, and Cognitive Landscape, published by Asprey Jacques. Morrison has also been involved in a number of commissions including New Art Centre Sculpture Park, Salisbury, England, in 2004, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA, in 2006, and Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, in 2008. He has had numerous public collections including those at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England, Rubell Collection, Miami, FL, British Council Collection, London, England, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO. Morrison has been involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions in diverse places. His solo exhibitions include those at Habitat, King's Road, London, England (1996), Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy (1999), Mesophylle, Magasin, Grenoble, France (2002), and Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, England (2012). Examples of his group exhibitions include those at Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England (1996) and Galeria Thomas Cohn, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2000).

Morrison is represented by Asprey Jacques, in London, England, and Michael Janssen, in Cologne, Germany. Morrison currently lives and works in Sheffield and London.

Timeline

1966
Born in Liverpool, England
1983–1985
Studied at Hugh Baird College
1995–1996
Goldsmith College of Art, London, Postgraduate DIP Fine Art
1996–1998
Goldsmiths College of Art, London, MA Fine Art
Currently lives and works in London

Exhibitions

2012
Auctorum, Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
2010
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
2009
Cheim & Read, New York
2009
Drawings, Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich
2009
The Horticultural Society of New York Gallery, New York
2009
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
2008
Alison Jacques Gallery, London
2008
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami
2008
Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas
2007
Bloomberg space, London (solo)
2006
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (solo)
2005
Spruth Magers Projekte, Munich (solo)
2005
Public Art Fund, New York
2005
Alison Jacques, London (solo)
2004
Cheim and Read, New York (solo)
2004
The Flower as Image, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
2004
Satellite, ArtNow Lightbox, Tate Britain, London
2004
Humlebaek, Denmark
2004
Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed, the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
2004
3 Rooms 3 Artists, Alison Jacques Gallery, London
2004
Why Not Live for Art, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2004
The Boros Collection, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
2004
Rose C’est La Vie, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
2004
Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, London
2004
Janssen feat Janssen, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
2003
Phenotype, Michael Janssen, Cologne (solo)
2003
Brake, Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich (solo)
2003
Saxifraga, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo (solo)
2003
Haematoxylon, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (solo)
2003
New Space! New Group Show!, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
2003
Flower Power, Musee de Beaux-Arts, Lille
2003
Lee 3 Tau Ceti Central Armory Show curated by Stéphane Magnin, Villa Arson
2003
Nice Independence, South London Gallery, London
2003
Supernatural, Art on Demand Habitat, Hoxton Square, London
2003
Panorámica Programme, Museo Tamayo Arte Contmporáneo, Mexico
2003
20th Anniversary Show, Monika Sprüth-Philomene Magers, Köln
2003
Jun Hasegawa, Paul Morrison, Alessandro Raho, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo
2003
5 Weeks, 5 Films, Max Hetzler Gallery, Berlin
2003
John Moores 22 exhibition of contemporary painting, the Walker, Liverpool
2002
Mesophylle, Magasin, Grenoble (solo)
2002
Corymb, Kunstverein Ulm (solo)
2002
Cambium, Aspreyjacques, London (solo)
2002
Bast, Art & Public, Geneva (solo)
2000
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence