New Young Masters artist George Morris tells us about his work

New Young Masters artist George Morris tells us about his work, career and plans for the future.

Can you explain to us what your work is about?

Gesture is central to my practice.  Works I make investigate the physical, social and conceptual condition of gesture. The significance being the potential for a single emblematic movement having various meanings within individual cultural and historical contexts. Due to the varied nature of my practice, three limitations have been formulated by which I research and produce work. Limitations of gesture, lightness and the historical. Having these restrictions increase the opportunities for an open ended dialogue between the works and the audience.

What is it about the Young Masters project that you are most interested in?

Historical events and figures shape the inspiration and research for my work. The concepts within my work are evident throughout history, and are still very much relevant and reflected within contemporary society. What attracted me to the Young Masters project was the potential to show my work along side Masters portraiture. To open up connections throughout different periods, mixing the contemporary with the traditional.

Which artist/s are you most inspired by?

Bas Jan Ader

Ceal Floyer

Steve McQueen

Aby Warburg

Italo Calvino

Can you tell us something about your background?

Born and bred in Essex, studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art.

What inspired you to become an artist?

Curiosity

If you weren’t an artist what would you be?

A Blue Peter presenter

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

The Camberwell College of Art degree show, having my work shown along side a very strong year group.

What are your plans for the future?

To continue creating work and experimenting with a variety of mediums and ideas.

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