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ABOUT THE ARTIST….

VR Morrison’s highly realistic and lavish paintings draw inspiration from classical painting traditions and allegorical subject matter which is mediated through the artist’s interest in popular culture, history and high fashion. This ultimately lends her paintings a fresh, contemporary edge and an often palpable, air of tension. Her highly realistic and lavish paintings use her extensive knowledge and refined skills within the classical styles of oil painting to reference larger frameworks of art history, mortality and commodification, bringing the past and present to light simultaneously.

Morrison’s work is collected widely within Australia and overseas. She has exhibited in prominent and high-profile exhibitions within public galleries across Australia, including the Gippsland Art Gallery, the Macquarie University Art Gallery and the University of Queensland Art Museum, and commercially with Sullivan+Strumpf in Sydney. She has also been a finalist in many prestigious art awards, including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Sir John Sulman Prize and the Metro Gallery Art Award.

VR is currently on a break from this series of work while raising her little family. She currently paints under the name of Wolfgang & Rose.

 

AWARDS & PRIZES

2012 Portia Geach Prize, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, finalist

2011 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW, Sydney, finalist

2010 Redlands Art Award, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane, finalist

2010 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW, Sydney, finalist

2007 Fisher’s Ghost Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, finalist

2007 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW, Sydney, highly commended

2006 Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, finalist

2006 Redlands Art Award, Redlands Gallery, Brisbane, finalist

2005 Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, finalist

2005 Metro Art Award, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne, People’s Choice Award, winner

2003 Conrad Jupiter’s Art Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, finalist

2003 Nudgee Art Prize, Nudgee Arts Festival, Brisbane, second prize winner

2003 NEIS Grant Recipient, State Government of Queensland

2002 Nudgee Art Prize, Nudgee Arts Festival, Brisbane, winner

2001 Conrad Jupiter’s Art Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, finalist

2000 Rapid Graphics/ Brisbane Institute of TAFE, Brisbane, Award for Achievement in Art

 

COLLECTIONS

BHP Billiton Collection, Melbourne

Private collections in Australia and overseas

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 Enchanter Moi, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2008 Rouge, Melbourne Art Fair, Sullivan Strumpf Fine Art, Royal Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

2007 Blood and Bourgeoisie, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2006 Paintings from France, Schubert Contemporary, Gold Coast

2005 Liberte, Egalite, Gastronomie, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2004 Front Row, Hardy Brothers Jewellers, Brisbane

2003 Les Femmes, Freestyle Tout, Brisbane

2002 Only Dogs go to Heaven, BITS Gallery, Brisbane

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 LOVE..More than a four letter word, Caboulture Regional Gallery, QLD

2014 Telling, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery, Adelaide

2013 Rapture of Death, Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC

2012 SSFA12, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2011 SSFA11, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2010 G20 World Arts Festival, Seoul, Korea

2010 SSFA10, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2010 Time Travel: Re-imaging the Past, Tweed River Gallery, Murwillumbah

2009 Horror –Come Darkness, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney

2009 SSFA09, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2008 The Year of the Bird, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Sydney

2008 Neo Goth: Back in Black, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

2008 SSFA08, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2007 SSFA07, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2007 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

2007 Come Hither: Interpretations of the Boudoir, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga

2007 Twenty/20: Twenty Years of the Churchie Emerging Artists Award, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

2006 Flaming Youth, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange

2006 Art Sydney 06, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

2006 Winter 06, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2006 SSFA06, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2005 Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, opening exhibition, Sydney

2003 Churchie National Emerging Art Award, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane

2002 Straight Out Of Brisbane Festival (Exhibitor of “Homestays” Project), Brisbane

2002 SOFA +Art, Art History Society Of University of Queensland, Brisbane

2002 Looking for Ones Roots, Multicultural Arts Centre, Brisbane

2002 Zeitgeist, Stephens Gallery, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Trunk Books, Volume 2 Blood, Boccalatte, Sydney, 2013

Gibson, Prue. The Rapture of Death, Boccalatte, Sydney, 2010

Arnaut, Manuel. ‘A Morte Fica- Fhes Tao Bem’ Vogue Portugal, July 2009

Sorenson, Rosemary. ‘ How Death Becomes You’, The Australian, 12 March 2009

Neo Goth: Back in Black, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2008

Gibson, Prue. ‘Arts Focus: Figuratively Speaking’, Vogue Australia, August 2008

Gibson, Prue. ‘Deathly art: VR Morrison, Nell & Therese Howard’, Art Monthly, Issue 210, June 2008

Taylor, A. ‘Tortured Inspiration’, The Sun Herald, October 2007

Kubler, Alison. ‘Blood and the Bourgeoisie’ catalogue essay, October 2007

Ingram, Terry. ‘BHP Billiton mines art’ Australian Financial Review 17 November 2005

‘Exhibition Review’, The Art Life, November 2005, www.artlifeblogspot.com

Anderson, Peter. ‘Decadent Morsels’ catalogue essay, November 2005

Johnston, Tracy. ‘Glamour is Back’, Style Magazine, February 2003

MacIntyre, Alasdair. ‘A Cinematic Sensibility’, VR Morrison 2003, www.vrmorrison.com

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