Over the past 15 years, Sheffield-based artist Paul Morrison has established a global audience for his bold and intriguing images. With solo exhibitions in many major cities from Manchester to Tokyo and New York, we’re thrilled that 2012 will see Paul’s first large-scale exhibition in his home town of Sheffield.
Morrison’s striking, often black and white, work finds its inspiration in the historic and contemporary, from engravings and botanical illustrations to comics and animation. Found images are then seamlessly woven together using digital software and often re-created on an epic scale, on walls or buildings. The resulting pictures may look comfortably familiar at first – a plant strewn landscape perhaps, or a forested glade – but look closer and oddities or contradictions soon surface. Above all, these are illustrations to a story which is yet to be written – one which the viewer is invited to create themselves.
This exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and film from the last three years. Featuring a host of new works created specifically for this exhibition, including 'Stipe' - a vast new wall painting - Auctorum will be one of Morrison’s most wide-ranging exhibitions to date and marks a significant homecoming event for the artist.
"It's good to see the Millennium Gallery honouring one of the city's most internationally recognised artists" The Guardian