Burton Morris – The King of Pop Art
Pittsburgh pop artist Andy Warhol has a famous quote about what’s “pop,” or iconic of popular culture: “Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.” The next generation of Pittsburgh pop, artist Burton Morris.
Artist Burton Morris’ paintings put an energetic and colorful spin on today’s culture. In his post-Pop style, Morris boldly projects an enticing mood of high energy and optimism portraying images that people relate to in everyday life. “I want to inspire and intrigue my audience by challenging the way they look at everyday objects around us.”
He first gained national attention in the mid-1990s when his artwork was chosen to hang on the set of the NBC hit television series “Friends.” Over the years, his artwork has been selected for the 76th Academy Awards®, the Paris World Cup Soccer Games, the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games and the 2006 MLB All-Star Game. He has created signature artwork for Absolut Vodka, H.J. Heinz Corporation, Chanel and Kellogg’s Corporation among many others. In addition, Morris’ artwork has raised millions of dollars for countless charities worldwide.
Burton Morris original artworks are displayed internationally and are featured in the collections of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Jimmy Carter Center, The United Nations and the Elysée collection. One-man exhibitions include Sotheby’s of Amsterdam and the International Olympic Museum.
About: Burton Morris
Burton Morris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1964. Like the late Pop artist Keith Haring, Morris felt an early attraction to Belgian artist Pierre Alechinsky’s paintings that resemble fantastic comic strips. Both artists saw the Belgian’s large exhibition in the International Series at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, in 1977.
Morris earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986. Upon graduating, Morris worked in advertising as an art director, creating television commercials. It was then that he began developing his post-Pop drawings.
The artist established the Burton Morris Studios in 1990. That year he began making his small post-Pop icons more impressive by enlarging them. He also tightened his brushwork into his present precise style. He would choose one subject per composition to create what he calls “an instant happening” for the viewer. In his paintings, Morris energizes every day images with his unique style. Subjects such as a steaming coffee cup, a swirling martini and a dancing popcorn box all take on a new life under his paintbrush.
Morris has created signature images for the 76th annual Academy Awards, the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, The Andre Agassi Foundation, and the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He was selected by the International Olympic Committee to create 36 original paintings regarding the spirit of the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Museum hosted a one-man exhibition in Lausanne, Switzerland, during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Burton Morris original artworks are displayed internationally in galleries and museums, and are featured in the collections of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Jimmy Carter Center amongst many others. One-man exhibitions include Sotheby’s of Amsterdam, the International Olympic Museum and the Hickory Museum of Art.
Celebrity owners of Morris’ work include Oprah Winfrey, Roy Disney, Stan Lee, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Donald Trump, Jay Leno and President Sarkozy of France. Among corporate owners Morris can include the likes of Chanel, Microsoft, Sony, Apple, Rolex, Samsung, Kelloggs, Heinz, Absolut Vodka and Coca Cola.
Name: The King of Pop Art
Type: Illustration, Character / comics / Cartoon
Technique: Acrylic on Canvas, Silkscreen ink on massonite gesso board
Artist: Burton Morris – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Text Description: © Courtesy of Burton Morris
Images: © Burton Morris