Morris Graves

Morris Graves

"...I have learned that art and nature are mind's Environment within which we can detect the essence of man's Being and Purpose, and from which we can draw clues to guide our journey from partial consciousness to full consciousness."

"I paint to evolve a changing language of symbols and language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities which direct us toward ultimate reality." --Morris Graves

In the 1930s Morris Graves’ paintings reflected his concerns about the state of the rapidly changing world.  Graves adapted surrealist symbolism to make a powerful commentary on the negative impact of the rapid economic and political changes in Seattle. Graves was one of several Northwest artists to experiment with surrealism, including Malcom Roberts (1913-1990) and Louis Bunce (1907-1983)

Mostly a self-taught artist, Morris Graves spent a lifetime pursuing and exploring the transcendental through painting. He first gained notoriety in 1942 with the inclusion of over thirty of his works in a show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Since then, his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been collected by many major museums like, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Woodside Braseth Gallery is the gallery representative for the Morris Graves Estate and the Morris Graves Foundation.  

Still Life with Persimmons | 31.75" x 36.25" | lithograph on paper 19/90 | 1991

Autumn Still Life | 34.5" x 54" | tempera on paper

Gander Ready For Flight | 53" x 41" | oil on canvas | 1952

Autumn Letter | 30.75" x 48.5" | watercolor on paper

Winter Still Life, (Flowering Cabbage with Morning Glory) | 39" x 59" | watercolor & tempera on paper | 1984

Young Strawberry Flower | 14" x 12" | tempera on paper | 1969

Winter Bouquet | 13.5" x 12" | tempera on paper | 1975

Duck and Marsh | 38" x 47" | sumi ink on paper | 1947

Spirit Bird | 26.5" x 24" | tempera on paper | 1979

Dwarf Daisy | 19" x 10" sight size | tempera on paper | 1950

Still Life, Cactus Flower | 24" x 34" | tempera on paper | 1951

Quiet Still Life | 26" x 44" | watercolor and tempera on paper | 1991

Bouquet with Insects | 21" x 17" | tempera on paper | 1950

Vessel In A Drift of Diamond Light In The Sky of The Mind | 51" x 82" | tempera on paper | 1944

Root Plant | 21" x 18" | sumi ink on paper | 1964

Root Plant | 21" x 18" | sumi on paper | 1964

Pears | 22" x 19" | tempera on gold | 1957

Birds in Motion | 23" x 28" | graphite on paper | 1954

Vessel Feeling the Grandeur Space | 52" x 26" | watercolor and tempera on paper | 1944

Time of Change | 30" x 36" | serigraph on paper ed. 200

Animal | 26" x 21" | sumi ink on paper

Spring Jardiniere | 21" x 29.5" | Tempera on Paper | 1950

Grasses, Butterflies and Jardiniere | 20" x 23" | Tempera on paper | 1950

Wounded Gull | 39.25" x 42.5" | Serigraph | 1947