M A I D Y M O R H O U S
[b. New York ::: lives & works – Del Mar, CA]
MAIDY MORHOUS is an accomplished printmaker and painter as well as sculptor. She was born in New York and currently creates out of her studio thirty minutes north of San Diego. Morhous received her Master of Fine Arts degree while studying at Stanley Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris in the mid-1970s. Before returning to the States, she then traveled to Italy to further her studies in casting techniques at the Fonderia Artistica–Marinelli Foundry in Florence.
Morhous expresses herself through the medium of bronze, which allows her to portray extremes, from the soft flow of water to the harsh asphalt pavement of our world. Her work encompasses the pop art concept of presenting commonplace objects as fine art. It is meant to engage viewers and to allow them to contemplate and pull from within, to disengage for a moment from the outside world.
Morhous continually searches to portray her environment in the world today. Her contemporary still life sculptures pull viewers in while forcing them to question what is being viewed—be it life and one’s existence, the plight of the world, or merely something to bring a smile. Her idiomatic titles prompt metaphorical interpretations and hint at multilayered meanings. Morhous’s sculptures cannot be taken in with one glance. What you see is definitely not what you get.
Maidy Morhous is currently showing internationally in museum exhibitions and galleries; her work can also be found in public and private collections in Japan, England, Europe, Australia and Canada.
The artist says of her work...
“Art is a form of communication between the artist and the viewer. Art is about vision, and how that vision is expressed is what can create a strong emotional pull for the observer.”
I express myself through the medium of bronze which allows me to portray the extremes of the soft flow of water to the harsh asphalt pavement of our world. My artwork encompasses the pop theme of presenting commonplace objects as fine art. It is meant to engage the viewer and allow them to contemplate and pull from within, and for a moment disengage from the outside world.
What you see is definitely not what you get.
The act of creating is an emotional release; it centers, giving an inner peace which allows us to reflect not only on who we are, but how we think and feel. I realize now, that the pride of being an artist comes not from what one sells, but the inner peace one derives from the act of creating.
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M.F.A. Printmaking, Sculpture; Master Program Studies University at Long Beach – R. Swift
S.W. Hayter, Atelier 17, Paris, France
Foundry Techniques – Marinelli Foundry, Florence, Italy
Foundry Techniques – Fire Art Foundry, San Diego, Lane Campbell/Simon Kogan
Graduate Division of Fine Arts with Master Printmaker Krishna Reddy
Master Program Studies with Ruth Weisburg – U.S.C., California
2019 Tokyo Museum of Fine Art – 19th Invitational
George Billis Summer Invitational New York
Marin Museum of Fine Art, CA group show
Gallery 825 – solo show
2018 Linda Stein Award for Sculpture, NAWA, NY
“Ordinary Stuff” Solo exhibition Oceanside Museum of Art, CA
Invitational George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles CA
National Sculpture Society 85th Annual Exhibition, SC
“Survival is Insufficient” – Oceanside Museum of Art, CA
2017 George Billis Gallery - Invitational New York, NY
Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA - Invitational
2016 Sendai Chikyuu International Festival, Japan
Sparks Gallery – San Diego, CA – Invitational
bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA – Invitational
Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, MA – Best of Show
Oceanside Museum of Art, CA - Invitational
2015 NAWA Art Exhibtion, Washington, DC
Long Beach Museum of Art, ART XVI Exhibition, CA
Gallery 26 Exhibition, New York, NY
2014 125th Exhibition N.A.W.A., New York, N.Y.
Whistler Museum of Art, MA – International Exhibition
Solo Exhibition Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai Japan
Solo Exhibition Tohoku University, Sendai Japan
Oceanside Museum of Art, CA
Art Essex Gallery, Essex, Ct - Invitational Exhibition
Heartland Films Inc, commission bronze sculpture HUMANITY
Scripps Clinic/Hospital Carmel Valley, California
Midori no Yakata Kaiga wo Tanoshimu Kai, Sendai, Japan
Scripps Hospital Foundation, San Diego, California
Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, California
Apple Inc., private collection
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach California
UAMuseum, Long Beach, California
Cabrillo College of the Arts, Aptos, California