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Paul Morrison

Anacardium 2011, Paul Morrison. Courtesy the artist and Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Thursday 7 June 2012 - Sunday 4 November 2012

Over the past 15 years, Sheffield-based artist Paul Morrison has established a global audience for his bold and intriguing images.  With solo exhibitions in many major cities from Manchester to Tokyo and New York, we’re thrilled that 2012 will see Paul’s first large-scale exhibition in his home town of Sheffield.

Morrison’s striking, often black and white, work finds its inspiration in the historic and contemporary, from engravings and botanical illustrations to comics and animation.  Found images are then seamlessly woven together using digital software and often re-created on an epic scale, on walls or buildings.  The resulting pictures may look comfortably familiar at first – a plant strewn landscape perhaps, or a forested glade – but look closer and oddities or contradictions soon surface.  Above all, these are illustrations to a story which is yet to be written – one which the viewer is invited to create themselves.

This exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and film from the last three years.  Featuring a host of new works created specifically for this exhibition, including 'Stipe' - a vast new wall painting - Auctorum will be one of Morrison’s most wide-ranging exhibitions to date and marks a significant homecoming event for the artist.

"It's good to see the Millennium Gallery honouring one of the city's most internationally recognised artists"     The Guardian

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  • William John Stevenson, River Don at Wardsend, Sheffield, 1875 © Museums Sheffield
  • Unknown artist, View of Sheffield from Sharrow Moor, c1838 © Museums Sheffield
  • Thomas Creswick, Hillsborough, Sheffield, c19th century © Museums Sheffield
  • Maurice de Sausmarez, Lodge Moor in the Evening, Sheffield, 1941 © the artist's estate
  • Mandy Payne, Paradise Lost © the artist
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, The Egg Box © the artist
  • JMW Turner, View of Sheffield from Derbyshire Lane, 1797 © Guild of St George & Museums Sheffield
  • Jack Kettell, Rebuilding a Blast Furnace, 1964-65 © the artist's estate
  • Henry Rushbury, Snig Hill from Angel Street, 1941 © the artist's estate
  • Derrick Greaves, Sheffield, 1953 © Derrick Greaves, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London
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