Simon Morris

Simon Morris (b. Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand) is based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand where he lectures in painting at Whiti O Rehua School of Art, Massey University. Over the course of his career Morris has skilfully developed an ongoing investigation into the perception of space, time and action which he explores through their representation in visual systems. Concerned with the possibilities that surface from self-imposed restraints on structure, materials and process, his diverse painting practice extends to site responsive wall painting and architectural collaborations that includes two major collaborations with Athfield Architects completing Rainscreen for The Dowse Art Museum, followed by Light in Space, and Space in Light commissioned by Otago University (2007).

Recent international solo exhibitions include When Light Meets Surface, Shibukawa, Japan (2019) and Simon Morris, Alcove Space. Amsterdam (2017). Recent international group exhibitions include 3CM Museum Chi k11 Artspace, Shenyang, China (2019); Infinite Worlds / Infinite Probabilities, University of Southern Queensland Arts Gallery, Toowoomba (2018) WestFarbe: Paint vs Colour, curated by Christoph Dahlhausen, Stadtmuseum, Siegburg, Germany, (2018) Kunstmuseum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany (2017) & Raum 2810, Bonn, Germany (2016) and Aotearoa Baroque, MUCA ROMA Mexico City (2011).  In 2017 Morris was awarded the Fulbright Wallace scholarship to attend the artist in residence programme at Headlands Centre for the Arts in San Francisco.

Prospect 2007, Acrylic on linen. City Gallery Wellington, NZ.
Yellow Ochre Room, 2015, acrylic paint. Commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery. Photo: John Collie