Jamaican-born Philadelphia artist Keith Morrison is a
painter, printmaker, author, curator, and educator who has devoted himself to a
lifetime of creativity. At a young age, Morrison dreamed of becoming an artist.
He left Jamaica to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he
earned his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees. He remained in the United States
and has been an art professor and arts administrator at numerous universities throughout
the country. Morrison has been a professional artist for more than 50 years
exhibiting his work around the world and is represented in public collections
in the United States, Mexico, and Jamaica.
Morrison is a representational painter whose narrative
work depicts his life’s experiences, his memories, and his interests in
literature and music. Within Morrison’s diverse body of work, he continues to
paint recollections of his childhood that includes the colorful and lush
Jamaican landscape. Morrison depicts memories of his homeland through his
multi-faceted lens to create authentic and expressive works of art.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum described Morrison’s landscape
paintings as “brightly colored tropical scenes with a variety of real and
imagined creatures. He drew his subjects from memories of childhood stories,
superstitions, and ceremonies from his Afro-Caribbean background.” Although his
work is part autobiographical, Morrison’s landscapes are magical in content and
accessible by all who encounter them.