The most compelling aspect of Kathleen Morris's paintings is the way they plumb the emotional depths, which is inseparable from their sensual beauty. The convergence of spirituality and sensuality-sensualized spirituality, spiritualized sensuality-that is the mystery Morris's paintings evoke.

They do so in part through their surface-dense, heavily varnished, holding light in their enigmatic depths, in a manner worthy of the old masters-and in part through their rendering of the human self-image, as it has been called. Indeed, her faces suggest simultaneously the heights of consciousness to which the human spirit can rise and the depths of suffering to which it can sink. Her fantasies- dream pictures-convey the strangeness and horror of being human, particularly a woman.

Many of her women seem on the verge of going mad, as though their own beauty and desirability had distracted them from the possibilities of identity, and the few men she depicts seem like lost souls. Yet the rich atmosphere of each work seems to place the figure on a higher plane of existence, redeeming it. Both an allegorical presence and an individual in a particular mood, it becomes transcendental by virtue of the atmospheric space in which it is located.

BORN
1946 Oklahoma City, OK

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Voyage, Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007 New Paint, Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Paintings, Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2002 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe
2001 New Works, Neuhoff Gallery, New York, NY
-- The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2000 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1999 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1998 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1997 ‘Asylum’ El Santuario de Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM
-- The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1996 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1995 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA -- “New Paintings”, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1994 “Practice”, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1993 University of Colorado, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, CO -- “The Tarot Project”, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1992 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA -- The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA -- “The Tarot Project”, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 1990 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1989 Sena Galleries East, Santa Fe, NM
1988 Sena Galleries East, Santa Fe, NM
1986 Beverly Gordon Gallery, Dallas, TX
1985 Gallery 836, Santa Fe, NM 1984 St. Marks Gallery, New York, NY
1983 Oklahoma Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
1982 Perceptions Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2001 “12th Anniversary Show”, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “Kathleen Morris and Donald Sultan,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1996 “Naked Truth”, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI
1995 “Small Works”, Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1994 “Self-Portrait”, David Rettig Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM 1993 “Cross Cross”, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM -- “The Unconscious At Work”, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM -- Association for the Study of Dreams, Albuquerque, NM -- “Nocturnal Commissions”, 10th Annual Conference -- “Presswork, The Art of Women Printmakers”, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
1989 “Return Of The Soul To The World”, Kimo Theatre Gallery, Albuquerque, NM -- “Small Works”, Sena Galleries East, Santa Fe, NM
1986 Sena Galleries East, Santa Fe, NM
1984 Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1983 Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
1979 Arts Place II, Oklahoma Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
1977 Academia Carrara, Bergamo, Italy

SELECTED PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
AT&T
Stan Milton
Halle Berry
Steve & Vicky Morris
David Justice
Todd Murphy
Emmett Bondurant/Jane Fahey
Charles Raymond
Continental Savings and Loan Scentura Creations
Crosby & Crosby
Ron &Felice Sharp
Cushman Realty Corporation
Sandy Wade Company
Danny DeVito/Rhea Pearlman
John Weeks
Day, Berry, & Howard Williams Center
Christopher Dean
John Glover
Bron Cowen
Larry Dean/Dean Gardens
Leslie & Henry Muth
Kenny "Babyface" Edmunds
C. Dewayne Youts
Kevin Elson
Mr. & Mrs.Gerald Peters
Gandy/Peace Bruce Smith
Ewel Grossberg
Henry P. Vigil
Larry Hahn
Thomas Pollock
Hospital Corporation of America
Harvey Shapiro
Martin & Eva Kline
Marcus & Daniella Krallchi
Lang Communications
E. P. Ferrari
Ralph Lauren
Justin's, Atlanta
Bill Lowe
Antonio (LA) & Erica Reid
Macy’s

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
Anon, “Artists Worth Watching,” Art Talk, December 1987.
Anon, “Sena Galleries East,” Art Lines, May 1986.
Bell, David, “Kathleen Morris works evoke Dreamy Worlds,” Albuquerque Journal, July 1988.
Bensley, Lis, “Where Emotions Meet Experience,” Pasatiempo, September 1995.
Bradbury, Ellen, “They Probe the Space Between Real and Surreal,” Journal North, December 1985.
Brandenburg, John, “Exposure Art Show a Success”, The Daily Oklahoma, January 1978.
Cartwright, Barbara, “Paintings Charged with Erotic Tension,” The Santa Fe Reporter, November 1985.
Collins, Tom, “Renaissance Fever Dreams,” The Santa Fe Reporter, February 1989.
--, “Art, Politics and Active Prayer,” The Sante Fe Reporter, October 1997.
Crite, James and MacLellan, Erin, “Ooh-La-La! Paris Loves our Art!,” The Santa Fe Reporter, Decmeber 1983.
Diaz, Elva, “Exhibit Fuels Discontent,” The Albuquerque Journal, October 1997.
Hemp, Christine, “Practice,” THE Magazine, November 1994.
Pulkka, Wesley, “The Birth of Buddha,” The Albuquerque Journal, September 1996.
Shields, Kathleen, “Kathleen Morris at Sena Galleries East,” Art in America, October 1988.
Vaillencourt, Daniel, “Love for Life,” Pasatiempo, August 1995.
Walker, Hollis, “Santuario Skirmish,” The New Mexican, October 1997.
--, Associated Press, October 1997.
Wickstrom, Mary Lawler, “Expressionist Monotypes,” Albuquerque Journal, February 1986.
Wilson, Malin, “New Gallery Ready to Take Creative Risks”, The Santa Fe Reporter, October 1985.
Zwirner, Susan, “Many Messages, But One Medium”, The Santa Fe Reporter, February 1984.
 

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