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Barbara Morris

San Rafael, CA

My work comes out of the Bay Area Figurative tradition, using abstract paint handling techniques in conjunction with figurative subject matter. At times, I veer more in one direction or the other. Narratives in my figurative work are conveyed through non-verbal means...a glance, a gesture...body language. While I may, or may not, have a particular story in mind, I always prefer that the viewer imbue the painting with their own meaning, drawn from their own experience.

Barbara Morris is a Bay Area-based artist whose work has been displayed widely in Northern California, including at the de Young Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Crocker Art Museum, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, Pro Arts, Richmond Art Center, Berkeley Art Center, Sandra Lee Gallery, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Mona Lease Gallery, Center for the Visual Arts, Gallery Route One, Marin Civic Center, Marin Art and Garden Center, Falkirk Cultural Center, !hey! gallery, 4 Walls Gallery, and Arts Council of San Mateo County; also, at WORKS/San Jose; Matrix Gallery in Sacramento, Accurate Art Gallery. Her work was included in the Reader’s Digest Artist’s at Giverny Finalists’ exhibition in New York State. Other awards include a Regents’ Scholarship to U.C. Berkeley, the Maybelle Toombs Prize in Art, also received at U.C. Berkeley, Awards of Excellence at California State Fair (twice) and Napa Spring Fair, numerous honorable mention and merit awards. She was the recent recipient of a Quick Grant award from the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Morris writes art criticism for Artillery and Squarecylinder magazines, she wrote for art ltd. for 8 years, and was a contributing editor for Artweek magazine for over 10 years; her writing has also been published in Artist’s Dialogue and Morris has authored catalog essays for numerous artist's exhibitions. She has taught painting and drawing to both children and adults, and has given talks on her work in gallery and college settings, as well as organizing and participating on a panel on contemporary photography at ArtPad SF, and speaking on an artists’ panel at the Women’s Caucus for Art National Conference. She has held artist's residencies at the de Young Museum, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and VCCA France in Auvillar.

Morris holds an MFA in painting from the University of California, Berkeley.

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