Burton Morris

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Burton Morris (born 1964) is an American pop artist in the traditions of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, and Red Grooms.[1] Like Warhol, Morris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] He received his training from Carnegie Mellon University.[1]

Morris' art is well known for its original iconographic interpretations of everyday items, following a unique style of vivid colors and thick, radiant lines. He is most noted for producing the iconography for the 76th Academy Awards,[2] which depicted a forward-facing male photographer with a light-exploding camera. Morris has also illustrated the theme art for the 2006 MLB All Star Game, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and has had his paintings featured in the Central Perk café on the television show Friends. The Friends display was his first national break.[1] His art has been implemented on the packaging and products of several companies, including Perrier, Zippo, Heinz[3] Absolut Vodka,. Kanye West commissioned Morris to paint four portraits of the Jetsons, rotoscoped versions are featured in the video for Heartless and in his video game.[4]

In the exhibition catalog accompanying a 2009 Hofstra University Museum exhibit, he described his artwork as "celebrat[ing] beauty and life while projecting an optimistic sense of high energy and style.”[5]

Morris appeared as a guest-artist on Episode 15 of the third season of NBC's The Apprentice. Burton Morris original paintings are displayed internationally. Morris’ art is featured in the collections of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,[6] The Jimmy Carter Center, Cedars-Sinai Hospital, and the Ella Sharp Museum. One-man exhibitions include Sotheby’s of Amsterdam, the International Olympic Museum,[7] and the Hickory Museum of Art. In 2009 Burton Morris was commissioned by Kellogg Company [8] to spearhead their new campaign for Pop-Tarts.


  1. ^ a b c d "Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris". Heinz History Center. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ * "Burton Morris: The King of Pop Art Hits the "Red Carpet", Carnegie Mellon Today, 2004][http://www.cmu.edu/cmnews/extra/040223_makeoverman.html
  3. ^ *"Heinz"
  4. ^ *"Art Business News", Burton Morris designs new video game surfaces, December 1, 2001 http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-87207344.html
  5. ^ Genocchio, Benjamin. "A Spirit From the ’60s Fills an Exhibit Today". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  6. ^ *"Art Business News, Burton Morris commissioned for Oscar Poster", January 2004, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HMU/is_1_31/ai_112686661/
  7. ^ *"Burton Morris' pop art explodes from Hollywood to Athens" AP Worldstream, August 6, 2004, JENNIFER C. YATES
  8. ^ *"Kellogs, Burton Morris PopTarts", http://www.poptarts.com/popart/


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