Morris Graves, ‘Animal’, 1954, Phillips

Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

Framed

Signature: Signed and dated in black ink

Willard Gallery, New York

About Morris Graves

Morris Graves painted surrealistic still-lifes of symbols and objects drawn from nature and Eastern religions. A transcendentalist, Graves eschewed modern, urban conveniences and stylistic trends in favor of a reclusive life and pared-down, metaphysical images. “I paint to evolve a changing language of symbols,” Graves said, “a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities, which direct us toward ultimate reality.” Graves depicted birds, snakes, moons, flowers, and circles in dream-like arrangements in order to fuse reality, spirituality, and imagination, thereby unlocking new modes of human perception.

American, 1910-2001, Fox Valley, Oregon

Group Shows

2014
Seattle,
Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical
2012
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
2011
New York, NY, United States,
Otherworldliness
2010
New York, NY, United States,
Unconscious Unbound: Surrealism in America
2006
New York, NY, United States,
American Modernism on Paper
2001
New York, NY, United States,
Flora: In Reverence of Nature
2000
New York, NY, United States,
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade
1998
New York, NY, United States,
Essence of the Orb
1995
New York, NY, United States,
Exploring the Unknown: Surrealism in American Art
1994
New York, NY, United States,
Counterpoints: American Art: 1930-1945