Morton was born in Montreal, Canada, but undertook his university studies in Australia. He studied for a Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT before obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from Victoria College and a Master of Fine Arts from RMIT.
Morton's career has combined academic positions and engagement with studio practice. He has held academic positions at the Art Center College of Design in California, the University of Melbourne and RMIT. His artwork has been displayed in numerous galleries worldwide, including the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Ian Potter Centre.