When I was an art student, I saw a Carl Andre sculpture and a Clyfford Still painting for the first time. I didn’t know then that these seminal abstractions were distant cousins. It didn’t matter. I was captivated by art that seemed to have an inexplicable quality of timelessness that was somehow present and primal.
I have little interest in proselytizing or telling stories with my art. I think those concerns are better left to writers and filmmakers. I’m interested in the poetry of color, the reflection and absorption of light, and the quotidian properties of materials. I look for vestiges of gesture and geometry in stratified compositions of light and dark. I usually paint on wood panels stretched with canvas, which makes stable surfaces for diverse methods of painting. Dimensional elements occur periodically. Titles signal references to my interest in the mysteries of cosmology and antiquity.
- Michael Morrill
By: Lindsay Covington, Seraphin Gallery Intern Michael Morrill's pieces are restrained in their color palette, but each work's radiant golds and rich blues evoke a sense of profound contentment within the viewer. His canvases are about quality rather than quantity; simplicity rather than ov
Seraphin Gallery presents a solo exhibition, titled Déjà Vu Blue, featuring paintings, prints, and sculpture by Michael Morrill. The opening reception for the show will be held at the gallery on Friday, May 12, from 6 - 8 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
Linea Terminale Series
Alcoa Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Allegheny General Hospital Surgical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Ariba Inc., Pittsburgh, PA - Brussels, Belgium.
Artists Image Resource Print Archives, Pittsburgh, PA
Bayer AG Leverkusen, Germany
Buchanan Ingersoll Attorneys, Pittsburgh, PA - Fort Lauderdal, FL
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Egress Press Print Archives, Edinboro, PA
Frank Golba and Associates, Pittsburgh, PA
Grable Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
Interstate Hotels, Pittsburgh, PA
J. J. Gumberg Co., Pittsburgh, PA
Mattress Factory: Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Mellon Financial Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA - Boston, MA - Moscow, Russia
Perlow Investments, Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh High Technology Council, Pittsburgh, PA
PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, PA
Soffer Company, Pittsburgh, PA
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
Deja Vu Blue, 2017
January 27, 2012
By Victoria Donohoe
January 20, 2012
A new exhibition opened up at Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia this past friday: Michael Morrill, Dawn and Dusk. A good example of clear-cut abstraction, Morrill’s paintings, inspired by Galileo’s moon drawings, successfully build tension between light and dark, positive and negative shapes, as well as refined color dynamics. The sophistication lies in their texture and overworked surfaces, which allow the viewer to spend a good amount of time with each painting; the eye moves across the surface trying to capture both the intricate pattern made by the painter’s marks and the overall simplicity of the image. Dawn and Dusk is a refreshing start for the beginning of the year. I enjoyed seeing good quality work that concerned itself with the most primal (and most important in my view) aspects of visual art: compositional introspection, balance of positive and negative shapes, matured color relationships and a carefully crafted surface. Michael Morrill’s paintings definitely impressed me with their sophisticated simplicity. I did not need much more to rinse from my tired eyes all the overstated ‘conceptual’ nonsense and frantic holiday glitter.
Vol. 5, No. 28, p. 10, 2011
By Arthur Whitman
November 3, 1986
By Kay Larson
..In his second solo in New York, Michael L. Morrill shows a handsome, even elegant set of pictures that are also, in a different sense, metaphysical. On leathery fields of opaque paint, Morrill inscribes perfect arcs, a kind of Platonic geometry that is so finely attuned to the “music of the heavens” that it seems to be keeping invisible time. At 35, he is one of a surprisingly larger bunch of artists his age who have found new emotional potential in minimalism. (Jus de Pomme Gallery, 338 East 11th Street; through November 2.)