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New Work Coming 2022

VR Morrison is a widely acclaimed artist known for her highly realistic and lavish oil paintings that draw inspiration from classical painting traditions and allegorical subject matter which is mediated through the artist’s interest in popular culture, history and high fashion. This ultimately lends her paintings a fresh, contemporary edge and an often palpable, air of tension. 

 

Her career began on the Gold Coast Australia in the mid 2000’s, before moving to the South of France where she immersed herself in the rich history and culture.

In 2012 she ceased production of her paintings and left the fine art world due to health complications arising from cerebral vasculitis (lupus of the brain), which prevented her from producing large complex painted works. Her career path transitioned to commercial illustration and tertiary lecturing in fine art under the pseudonym Rose Morrison.

 

In 2021, after entering full remission, VR has now returned to painting her lavish large scale works to be released early 2022 exclusively represented by Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2013 - Current: Lecturer Short Courses, Oil Painting, Illustration and Digital Art Making, National Art School, Sydney

2018 - 2021 Illustration Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, NSW
 

ARTISTIC AWARDS & PRIZES

2012 Portia Geach Prize, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, finalist

2011 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW, Sydney, finalist

2010 Redlands Art Award, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane, finalist

2010 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW, Sydney, finalist

2007 Fisher’s Ghost Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, finalist

2007 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW, Sydney, highly commended
 2006 Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, finalist

2006 Redlands Art Award, Redlands Gallery, Brisbane, finalist

2005 Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, finalist

2005 Metro Art Award, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne, People’s Choice Award, winner

2003 Conrad Jupiter’s Art Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, finalist

2003 Nudgee Art Prize, Nudgee Arts Festival, Brisbane, second prize winner

2003 NEIS Grant Recipient, State Government of Queensland

2002 Nudgee Art Prize, Nudgee Arts Festival, Brisbane, winner

2001 Conrad Jupiter’s Art Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, finalist

2000 Rapid Graphics/ Brisbane Institute of TAFE, Brisbane, Award for Achievement in Art

COLLECTIONS

BHP Billiton Collection, Melbourne

Private collections in Australia and overseas

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 Enchanter Moi, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2008 Rouge, Melbourne Art Fair, Sullivan Strumpf Fine Art, Royal Exhibition Centre, Melbourne
 2007 Blood and Bourgeoisie, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2006 Paintings from France, Schubert Contemporary, Gold Coast

2005 Liberte, Egalite, Gastronomie, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2004 Front Row, Hardy Brothers Jewellers, Brisbane

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Summer Salon, Lorriane Pilgrim Gallery, Southport, QLD

2016 Love- More Than a Four letter Word, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD
 2014 Telling, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery, Adelaide

2013 Rapture of Death, Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC

2012 SSFA12, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2011 SSFA11, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2010 G20 World Arts Festival, Seoul, Korea

2010 SSFA10, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney


2010 Time Travel: Re-imaging the Past, Tweed River Gallery, Murwillumbah


2009 Horror –Come Darkness, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney
 2009 SSFA09, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2008 The Year of the Bird, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Sydney


2008 Neo Goth: Back in Black, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

2008 SSFA08, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney 

2007 SSFA07, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2007 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

2007 Come Hither: Interpretations of the Boudoir, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga 
 2007 Twenty/20: Twenty Years of the Churchie Emerging Artists Award, Museum of Brisbane
 2006 Flaming Youth, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange


2006 Art Sydney 06, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney 

2006 Winter 06, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2006 SSFA06, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2005 Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, opening exhibition, Sydney

2003 Churchie National Emerging Art Award, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane 
 2002 Straight Out Of Brisbane Festival (Exhibitor of “Homestays” Project), Brisbane 
 2002 SOFA +Art, Art History Society Of University of Queensland, Brisbane


2002 Looking for Ones Roots, Multicultural Arts Centre, Brisbane
 2002 Zeitgeist, Stephens Gallery, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2013 Trunk Books, Volume 2 Blood, Boccalatte, Sydney

2010 Gibson, Prue. The Rapture of Death, Boccalatte, Sydney

2009 Arnaut, Manuel. ‘A Morte Fica- Fhes Tao Bem’ Vogue Portugal, July

2009 Sorenson, Rosemary. ‘ How Death Becomes You’, The Australian, 12 March

2008 Neo Goth: Back in Black, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, Gibson, Prue. ‘Arts Focus: 

2008 Figuratively Speaking’, Vogue Australia, August

2008 Gibson, Prue. ‘Deathly art: VR Morrison, Nell & Therese Howard’, Art Monthly, Issue 210, June
 2007 Taylor, A. ‘Tortured Inspiration’, The Sun Herald, October

2007 Kubler, Alison. ‘Blood and the Bourgeoisie’ catalogue essay, October

2005 Ingram, Terry. ‘BHP Billiton mines art’ Australian Financial Review 17 November 

2005 ‘Exhibition Review’, The Art Life, November, www.artlifeblogspot.com

2005 Anderson, Peter. ‘Decadent Morsels’ catalogue essay, November

2003 Johnston, Tracy. ‘Glamour is Back’, Style Magazine, February 

2003 MacIntyre, Alasdair. ‘A Cinematic Sensibility’, VR Morrison

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