John Morfis- My Blue Plug, Oil, 13 x 9 inches

John Morfis



John Morfis was born in Glen Cove, Long Island in 1976. His humble beginnings made pursuing a career in art difficult and paradoxically necessary. Fixated on making things aesthetically pleasing, John made an extreme departure from his family life when he choose to base his life on art. Surrounded by mechanics, welders, and otherwise trade workers John had a tough time expressing his interest in a world much more utilitarian and much less expressive and impractical. With an extraordinary desire to be an artist and a grant awarded, John was able to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from the University of Hartford in 1998. While there John studied oil painting under American realist Stephen Brown. John’s first solo show took place in 2007 at the Ellen Traut Collection Gallery in Hartford, CT and was a near sell out. Since then John has had success up and down the northeastern coast of the United States working with various galleries and collectors. His work has also appeared in various group shows at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut.




2018     Grenning Gallery Gems, Sag Harbor, NY

Fresh Virtuosity, Grenning Gallery Sag Harbor, NY
2017     Morfis | Bretzke, Grenning Gallery Sag Harbor, NY
2016     Ackrill | Minoff | Morfis, Grenning Gallery Sag Harbor, NY
2015     Ackrill, Minoff, and Morfis, Grenning Gallery Sag Harbor, NY
2014     Gems of the Grenning Gallery, Grenning Gallery Sag Harbor, NY

2013     44th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain, CT

2010     41st Annual Juried Members Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain, CT

Solo Show: New England Oils MAC650 Gallery, Middletown, CT

2009     Courtyard Gallery, Mystic, CT

Müth Gallery, New Hope, PA

2008     Müth Gallery, New Hope, PA

2007     Solo Show, Ellen Traut Collection Galler,y Hartford, CT

The Chase/Freedman Gallery, West Hartford, CT

2006     Petrini Gallery, Avon, CT

Holiday Show, Ellen Traut Collection Gallery, Hartford, CT

2005     Signature Gallery, West Hartford, CT

Petrini Gallery, Avon, CT

2004     All Four Art New England, Carousel Museum Bristol, CT

Signature Gallery, West Hartford, CT

2003     47th Juried Regional Exhibition, Mystic Art Association Mystic, CT

Signature Gallery, West Hartford, CT

PS Gallery, Litchfield, CT

2002     Signature Gallery, West Hartford, CT



2006 Hartford Courant advertisement insert for Craft Producers, June 14th 2006

2004 The Bristol Press cover story, Jackie Majerus, February 29th 2004


John Morfis



2006 Best in Show/Fine Arts Southington Arts Association, CT

1994-1998 Hartford Art School Merit Scholarship Hartford Art School, CT



2011 Master of Science in Art Education Central Connecticut State University

1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts University of Hartford


Artist Statement

Each painting, although a portrait of a tired hand tool, 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 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 begins with a traditional drawing and a tonal underpainting. With the best materials available I meticulously paint each tool portrait from acute observations made over many sittings. Like the devices themself, my painting methods are longstanding and true. Each dent, scratch or wear mark that I represent on canvas tells a story of a person’s deliberate skill or passionate misuse.