George Morrison (artist)

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George Morrison
Shoulder-high portrait of a man in his seventies, with gray hair, wearing glasses a striped shirt and a vest made of patchwork suitings
Born1919
Chippewa City, Cook County, Minnesota
Died2000 (aged 80–81)
Red Rock, near Grand Marais, Minnesota
OccupationAbstract Expressionist Painter and Sculptor
Spouse(s)Hazel Belvo
ChildrenBriand
 
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George Morrison
Shoulder-high portrait of a man in his seventies, with gray hair, wearing glasses a striped shirt and a vest made of patchwork suitings
Born1919
Chippewa City, Cook County, Minnesota
Died2000 (aged 80–81)
Red Rock, near Grand Marais, Minnesota
OccupationAbstract Expressionist Painter and Sculptor
Spouse(s)Hazel Belvo
ChildrenBriand

George Morrison (1919 – April 17, 2000) was an American landscape painter and sculptor. His Indian name was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo (Standing In the Northern Lights).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

A Chippewa born on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation near Chippewa City, Cook County, Minnesota, he graduated from Grand Marais High School in 1938 and then the Minnesota School of Art, now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in 1943.[1]

Having been chosen to receive the Van Derlip Traveling Scholarship, Morrison studied at the Art Students League from 1943 -1946 in New York City, where he became part of a circle of abstract expressionists.[citation needed]

In 1952 after receiving a Fulbright scholarship he studied in Paris and Antibes.[1]

Later life[edit]

He lived in Duluth, Minnesota for year and then moved back to New York City in 1954 where he became acquainted with prominent American expressionists: Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock.[1]

He then taught in Minneapolis, Duluth, Dayton, Ohio, Ithaca (Cornell University), Pennsylvania (Penn State), and New York City.[1]

From 1963-1970 Morrison taught at the Rhode Island School of Design.[1]

Beginning in 1970 he taught American Indian studies and art at the University of Minnesota until he retired in 1983.[1]

He lived in a renovated church in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his son Briand and his wife, Hazel Belvo,[1] another Minnesota artist, who taught at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Saint Paul Academy and is known for her series of pieces based on the Witch Tree.[citation needed]

During the mid-1970s, they acquired land near Grand Portage, Minnesota on Lake Superior, which they named Red Rock.[1] This became their home and studio.[1] He and Belvo divorced in 1991 but remained friends. Morrison suffered some life-threatening illnesses but kept on working until he died at Red Rock in April 2000.[1]

He is well known for wood collage sculptures and for the landscape paintings he preferred.[citation needed]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

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