Paintings from this period will be represented in this exhibition.
Morphesis’ male and female torsos from the 1990’s have been described as physically exuberant and tragic. The same can be said of the Marsyas series begun at the beginning of the new millennium, and inspired by the Greek satyr whom Apollo flayed alive. In this exhibition, a large fleshy and abstracted carcass, heavily worked with numerous materials, will represent this group of paintings. In a more recent series, Morphesis has painted sensual and corporeal red roses that allude to the human body; it’s beauty and mortality.
In this exhibition, paintings and drawings from 2016 show that Morphesis has returned to his predominant imagery, expressionist renderings of the human form. In these works, skulls and figures, whether stoic or writhing, exemplify Morphesis’ ongoing engagement with universal themes of life, death, the self, myth and spirituality.
Morphesis’ paintings have been shown in forty-two solo exhibitions and in more than one hundred and thirty invitational group exhibitions in museums and galleries that include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessalonica, Greece. Morphesis’ paintings can be seen in the permanent collections of more than twenty-five museums. Morphesis is represented by Garboushian Gallery.
Jim Morphesis - Museum/Public Collections:
California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Fullerton College Collection, Fullerton, CA
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Irvine Valley College Art Gallery, Irvine, CA
Kruizenga Art Museum, Hope College, Holland, MI
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Lannan Foundation, Marina Del Rey, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Law School Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, MO
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Oakland Museum of California Art Division, Oakland, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Picker Art Gallery, Colgate College, Hamilton, New York, NY
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA