b. 1963, New Zealand.
Simon Morris’s work has developed from a critical interest in painting, more specifically abstraction. Morris’s practice stretches from object oriented paintings, site responsive wall drawing and site specific installation, to collaboration. The conceptual basis for his work comes primarily from the history of abstraction and the relationship between abstraction and the everyday. ‘The system partly makes the work’ says Morris, ‘systems and formula help me make choices about what I will do next while making.’
In 2002 Morris participated in SCAPE Art and Industry Biennale in Christchurch. Here Morris worked collaboratively with ground staff at Jade Stadium to produce a mown image on the playing field for a cricket game between New Zealand and India. In 2003 Morris made a large scale wall drawing for ‘Past and Present’ at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongawera, this was produced by painting a line that navigated the space according to a set of rules.
His works were also part of the touring project ‘painted spaces’, an international exhibition of wall drawings shown at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Auckland City Art Gallery and the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.
Simon Morris: painting projects 2000-2005 was curated by William McAloon for the Physics Room, Simon has also completed two site based collaborations with Athfield Architects at The Dowse Art Museum, and the University of Otago School of Medicine and Health Science, while also participating in Telecom Prospect 2007 at City Gallery Wellington.
Simon was awarded a Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award in 2017. The award is for an outstanding mid-career or senior New Zealand visual artist to undertake a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. The resulting poured paintings carried out while in the Headlands Centre in San Francisco, can be seen here. They were shown at Two Rooms Gallery in Auckland last year. Simon is currently in Japan, exhibiting with AIS Gallery and has a show coming up at Five Walls in Melbourne.