Rebecca Morris paints challenging large-scale abstractions. Known for writing “Abstraction never left, motherfuckers” in a 2004 painting manifesto when abstraction was out of favor in the art world, Morris has developed an unconventional, post-Bauhaus visual language that suggests new directions for abstract painting. Her canvases teem with unusual, seemingly disconnected shapes, each rendered in a different technique and floating freely through space. “I want my work to be a dynamic presence, to create visual and physical impact in a space,” Morris said in a 2012 interview. “In general I’ve found that people respond to my work over time, so the highest compliment would be if someone wanted to spend lengthy and repeated time with my work.”
Rebecca Morris was born in Honolulu Hawaii (1969) and lives and works in Los Angeles.
She received her BA from Smith College (1991), her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1994).
Morris was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008) and has also received awards from The California Community Foundation (2013); The City of Los Angeles, COLA Award (2013); Tiffany Foundation (1999); The Durfee Foundation (2005); Art Matters (1996); the Illinois Arts Council (1996) and The Faculty Lecturer/ Performer Award at Pasadena City College (2009).
Her work is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin, Germany) and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago), and she is the author of Manifesto: For Abstractionists and Friends of the Non-Objective. Morris teaches at Pasadena City College where she is a Professor of Painting.