Luis Morris

Society Membership:
Royal Institute of Oil Painters

Biographical details:
1963 Born 24th October in Wrexham
1980 Gained an A level in art at Testbourne Secondary School, Whitchurch, Hampshire.
1984 Left an Architecture degree course at Nottingham University to join De La Rue as an apprentice banknote designer.
Over the next 13 years designed currencies for several countries around the world.
Jan 1998 Left De La Rue to become a freelance artist/ Illustrator. Specialised in the portrayal of tennis players. Gained commissions from the Lawn Tennis Association and the All England Club, Wimbledon.
Oct 2000- July 2002 Studied for the Diploma in Portraiture at Heatherleys School of Art.

Artist’s statement:
Painting offers me the chance to celebrate light and the sensual joy derived from seeing. Good paintings are like diary pages- free from the self-editing that goes on when the painter worries what others may think. I like paintings that straddle the boundary between Abstract and Representational.

Exhibitions:
2007/8 Pastel Society, Mall Galleries
2007 BP Award, National Portrait Gallery
2005-8 Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
2001-7 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries

Method of working:
I usually work in oil on shop bought canvas or MDF sealed and primed with Gesso. I work relatively small- average canvas size is 16 x 12 inches. I like to do preparatory tonal sketches in charcoal, as these help to work out composition and decide what canvas size to use. I use flat acrylic brushes because of the range of marks you can get with them, from flat patches of colour to sharp lines and dots. As the brush gets older the painting get less crisp, but this isnt always a bad thing. If I could I would always work from life. I do work from photos I have taken, trying to remember what it was like when I was there, but am annoyed by the inevitable comparison with this other 2 -dimensional image.

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:
2008 Purely Personal Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2006 Winsor & Newton Non-Members Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters