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
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.
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,
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
Steve & Vicky Morris
Emmett Bondurant/Jane Fahey
Continental Savings and Loan Scentura Creations
Crosby & Crosby
Ron &Felice Sharp
Cushman Realty Corporation
Sandy Wade Company
Danny DeVito/Rhea Pearlman
Day, Berry, & Howard Williams Center
Larry Dean/Dean Gardens
Leslie & Henry Muth
Kenny "Babyface" Edmunds
C. Dewayne Youts
Mr. & Mrs.Gerald Peters
Gandy/Peace Bruce Smith
Henry P. Vigil
Hospital Corporation of America
Martin & Eva Kline
Marcus & Daniella Krallchi
E. P. Ferrari
Antonio (LA) & Erica Reid
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,
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,
--, “Art, Politics and Active Prayer,” The Sante Fe Reporter,
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,
Hemp, Christine, “Practice,” THE Magazine, November 1994.
Pulkka, Wesley, “The Birth of Buddha,” The Albuquerque Journal,
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.