Christopher Morris Drawings

1 Nov 2018 – 28 Feb 2019


England, United Kingdom


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Christopher Morris returns to Manifesto with three series of graphite drawings.


Morris' work continues to feature the transgressors of pop: the rebels and visionaries who transformed art and gave Morris the landscape in which he now works.  Alongside these style giants sits a more intimate collection of still life drawings; plus a playful look at Bowie’s many hairstyles.  

The first in the new series is inspired by the expressionistic style of Morris’ previous ‘Berlin Triptych’ where we saw Iggy, David and Lou, clad in shiny shiny leather, gazing out from a cold war sky.  Now the tables have turned. Morris subverts the male gaze and offers us, instead, the ‘New York Triptych’ which sees an intricate and stylised vision of punk-ass legends Debbie, Grace and Patti, boldly informing us that Rock n Roll n Androgyny has never looked more cool or had more attitude. 

The second collection ‘Hair by David’ celebrates the many different coiffures sported by Mr. Innovator himself, from his Life On Mars spiked mullet to that seriously sun-kissed Let’s Dance quiff.

The third collection, ROOM, is his most recent work. Here Morris has developed a more introspective practice, capturing everyday objects and characters that exist in his living space. These still life drawings are a mix of fact and fantasy, juxtaposing the normal with the absurd. 

Born in Manchester in 1971, Christopher Morris lives and works in London. Graduating with an honours in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts, Morris has gone on to work as a fashion and editorial illustrator, and on privately commissioned portraits. His first major show took place at the V&A Museum in the Street Style exhibition, 1995. Since then he has continued to develop his signature style using graphite and polychromos colour pencil, and continued to exhibit in both solo and collaborated shows across London. 

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