DESMOND MORRIS

NEWS


New book published in 2021 by Dark Windows Press:


SURREALIST FAMILIARS.
OBSCURE OBJECTS IN THE ARTIST'S STUDIO


New Catalogue Raisonné, by Silvano Levy, published in November 2020:


DESMOND MORRIS
LATE WORK - ANALYICAL CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ 2012-2020.
Hardback



DESMOND MORRIS
LATE WORK.
Paperback


Three new books published in 2020 by Dark Windows Press:


THE SURREALIST ART OF THE KUNA.



WORDWORKS.
PAINTING WITH WORDS, 1948 TO 2020



CREATURES OF THE MIND.
A 21st CENTURY BESTIARY



Recent book:


The eleventh Grand Tamanoir was published in June 2020:
Desmond Morris's poems
À tue-tête / Headworks
Bilingual edition. Preface by Silvano Levy, editing & translation by Michel Remy


Personal note:

Following the death of his wife, Ramona, in November 2018, Desmond Morris is leaving his home in Oxford and moving to County Kildare in Ireland to live close to his family there. He says: ‘Starting a new life at the age of 91 is something of a challenge but I am looking forward to it and hope to be able to start writing and painting again as a soon as I have settled in.'

On 20th January 2020 he completes a suite of new oil paintings. On 3rd February the directors of the Beaux Art Gallery in London visit him in Ireland to select the works for his solo exhibition at their gallery, planned for June 2020. In March he is interviewed by The Irish Times about his new life in Co. Kildare.

This is the last outside contact he has before the coronavirus pandemic leads to a national lock-down. At the age of 92 he is classed as ‘most vulnerable’ and remains in his home, with supplies brought to him by members of his family. His reaction to the confinement is to spend more time in his studio working on a series of paintings, and more time in his study writing books. With nothing to distract him, by October he has completed 75 new paintings and written four new books. Many of the paintings are sent to England for two exhibitions, one at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London, from October to December (postponed from June because of the covid virus epidemic), and the other at the Rona Gallery in Oxford, in December.

In December 2020 he also buys a property near Dublin, which will become an Institute of the Visual Arts, housing two galleries and two art lecture rooms. It will be his legacy, as a gift to Ireland for welcoming him in his final years.


Recent exhibitions:


New work

at the Farleys Gallery, Chiddingly, Sussex,
August 11th to October 13th 2019.



BODYWORKS was launched at an exhibition of his work at Mallams in Oxford in April 2019.


Recent international article:

Die Befreiung der Surrealisten
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 31/05/2020, Nr. 22, p. 39
Annabelle Hirsch
Interview:
The Dan Schneider Interview 8: Desmond Morris
(first posted 16/02/08)
Dan Schneider interviews Desmond Morris on his youth, surrealism, religion, the origins of art, and human behaviour....


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Last updated: 27/02/2021