John Morfis My Blue Plug Oil 13 x 9 inches

John Morfis

John was born in Bayville, Long Island in 1976. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from the University of Hartford in 1998. While there, he studied oil painting under American realist Stephen Brown.

Each painting, although a portrait of a tired hand tool or forgotten object is really my outward expression of the passion I have for objects that serve a humble, yet meaningful purpose. I cannot help but relate to worn-out, forgotten tools or utility the way one might reminisce with old photographs. Fatigued wood feels good in my hands. That same wood bound to cold steel can excite my eyes with dancing light, flickering in between its aged patina. Even a tool’s shadow-work can create a unique performance all its own. When given the presentation and attention each apparatus deserves it becomes an instrument of progress and a peaceful record of time and place. Each painting typically begins with a draftsman-like drawing. Working from direct observation, I meticulously paint each object from acute observations.

John’s work has appeared in various group shows at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut and has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector.