Morris Burton

Burton Morris, born in 1964 in Pittsburgh, USA, is an American artist best known for his graphic pop art depictions of modern icons. His motifs belong to American popular culture and range from cartoon hearts and the Uncle Sam portrait to PEZ dispensers and the Playboy bunny. Morris’ work is not intended as a critique of consumer culture, but rather as a part of it. His distinctive style - inspired by Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol - is characterised by the bright contours and bold colours in all his work.

After studying Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, he worked as an art director in advertising. In 1990 he founded Burton Morris Studios, and in the same year began to blow up his small post-pop icons into large-format paintings. He chose one subject per composition to create what he calls an "instant happening" for the viewer. Using his experience and skills from advertising, he managed to blur the lines between high and low art.

Morris was asked early in his artistic career (1992) to provide his paintings and designs for the acclaimed NBC series Friends, in which his art was featured for ten seasons. He gained international attention from 2004, when he created the signature painting for the 76th annual Academy Awards. The artwork enlivened the facade of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, and was seen by over a billion viewers.

The artist has received commissions to produce works for Absolut Vodka, Coca-Cola, Chanel, Rolex, Kellogg's, Playboy Enterprises, the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, among others. In addition, Burton's artwork has helped raise millions of dollars for charities worldwide.

Morris currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. His works are now in the collections of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Anheuser Busch Corporation in St. Louis and Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, among others.

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