The Artist in his studio 2017

The Artist in his studio 2017

Stephen Morris (b. Dublin, Ireland 1988) is an Irish artist based between the U.S.A, Ireland and France. His current studio is located in Downtown San Diego, California. Morris received his BA (2009) from The Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) in Dublin Ireland, and his MFA (2015) from The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Dublin, Ireland. Morris has exhibited in Europe, Ireland, New York and California, in both solo exhibitions and juried group exhibitions. Two of his paintings have been purchased for public collections by the Irish state government, Carlow IT (2009) and The Office of Public Works (2015) and his work exists in private collections in Poland, France, the U.K, Germany, Ireland and the U.S.A.

His art practice has received praise by Masters students in contemporary art criticism from Sotheby's in London (2013) along with Irish art critics such as James Merrigan (2015). Morris also has worked commercially with Brown Thomas Department Stores in Ireland as a featured artist on two occasions designing their in store shop floor, vignettes and historical store front windows across Ireland. Morris has also worked as an art adviser for the prestigious luxury department stores implementing contemporary art exhibitions for the chain which was covered in nationwide press in Ireland. Morris worked as a set designer for Bull Alley Theatre and Training Company in the Liberties, Dublin (2013-2016).

Morris has also delivered a series of lectures on contemporary painting practices and art history at 'The Studio Door' in North Park, San Diego (2016). The lectures were centred around the different potentials contemporary painting can offer as a medium and the philosophical, cultural and social powers of the medium throughout history and within the current contemporary climate, previously he has facilitated practical painting classes with 'The San Diego Art Department' (2014) and 'Art on 30th' (2015) in San Diego, CA.