Born 24th October, 1963, in Wrexham, Luis Morris ROI left an Architecture degree course at Nottingham University to join De La Rue as an apprentice banknote designer in 1984. Over the next 13 years, designed currencies for several countries around the world. It is only very recently that he has given up his day job to concentrate full-time on painting for a living.
Paint...ing offers Morris the chance to celebrate light and the sensual pleasure derived from seeing. The artist believes that paintings are like diary pages- free from the worries what others may think and following his instinctive expression. Morris loves paintings that toy with the boundary between Abstract and Representational.They are mostly painted in a high key, with soft, light, hazy pastel shades of Oil colour rendered in slabs of paint, often reminiscent of a patchwork quilt.
The artist states "I usually work in oil on shop bought canvas or MDF sealed and primed with Gesso. I work relatively small- average canvas size is 16 x 12 inches. I like to do preparatory tonal sketches in charcoal, as these help to work out composition and decide what canvas size to use. I use flat acrylic brushes because of the range of marks you can get with them, from flat patches of colour to sharp lines and dots. As the brush gets older the painting get less crisp, but this isnt always a bad thing. If I could I would always work from life. I do work from photos I have taken, trying to remember what it was like when I was there, but am annoyed by the inevitable comparison with this other 2 -dimensional image."
Luis entered the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2013, and after seeing off thousands of other hopefuls, made it through to the final and finished as runner-up, and has since gained a lot of attention.He also holds a society membership for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.