Nick Morris

In the beginning, was a graphic designer. As a graphic designer I felt that everything I created had to be clean and perfect. As an artist I embrace living on the edge of chaos, bringing it together through balance and colour. This I achieve through creating, stuffing around in an art studio, and making things up as I go.

I love screen-printing with its instant gratification and unexpected results. You have no idea what it will look like until you lift up the screen. I work with acrylics, collage and screen prints, using images from post-war popular culture, Australiana and my own photographs. Acrylic because it’s so quick to work with and if what you have done doesn't work you can go straight back over the top of it building texture as you go.

Because of this, deep layering is probably the most dominant pattern that emerges in my work. I love the idea that there is so much more to be discovered in a piece than what the eye initially sees. I am satisfied with a piece when the layering of the subject matter, the balance and the colour work collaboratively bringing the piece together—as a composer brings random notes together to produce a melody or harmony.

—Nick Morris

Artworks

Solo exhibitions

2013 Jackman Gallery, St Kilda

2011 Linton and Kay, August, Perth

2011 Retrospect Galleries, Gold Coast

2010 Greenwood Gallery

2010 Art Sydney

2010 Spacejunk, France

2010 AAFNYC, New York

2010 Harrison, Sydney

2010 Art Melbourne

2010 UFO Gallery, Hong Kong

2009 Art Sydney

2009 Global Boom Retrospect gallery, Byron Bay

2009 Art Melbourne

2009 Free Radicals, Greenwood Gallery, Melbourne

2009 Bullet Proof, Harrison Gallery, Sydney

2009 Cooper Gallery. Noosa Heads

2008 Tigerfish Gallery. Torquay

2008 Spring St Gallery, Sydney

2008 Art Sydney

2008 Yering Station, Victoria

2008 Harrison Gallery, Sydney

2008 Art Brisbane

2008 Art Melbourne

2008 Greenwood Gallery, Lorne

2008 Gaffer Gallery, Hong Kong

2008 Hogan Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Spacejunk Gallery, France

2007 Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne

2007 Art Sydney. Doug Bartlett Stand

2007 Tigerfish Gallery, Torquay

2007 HO Gallery

2007 Fresh Gallery

2007 Art Melbourne

Selected group exhibitions

2014 Jackman Gallery, St Kilda

2006 China Heights, Sydney

2006 The Bakery, Perth

2006 Revolver, Melbourne

2006 Whitewash group show, Torquay

 

Awards

2014 Doug Moran, finalist

2010 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award finalist

2010 Doug Moran, collaborative finalist

(Under the pseudonym Doug Bartlett)

2009 Brunswick St Gallery, Art prize finalist

Bibliography

2009 Q magazine, Issue 56

2009 Surfer's Journal, France

2007 Spacejunk magazine, France

2008 News Hour, ABC television Australia, Asia, India and Pacific

2008 JetStar inflight magazine

2008 AG Ideas book, Melbourne

2008 Oyster magazine, Sydney Issue 75

2008 The Reg Flag/Useless magazine, German

2007 Watim (We Are the Image Makers) online magazine, issue 12

2007 Kingbrown magazine, Perth, issue 2

2006 Desktop magazine, Melbourne, issue 223 (cover)

2006 Empty magazine, Sydney, issue 8

2005 Semi-Permanent book, Sydney

2005 Maviology magazine, Istanbul

2005 Semi-Permanent book, New York