Bio

Born and raised in Melbourne, I’ve lived in the Adelaide Hills for the past four decades. My career as a neuroscientist has been replaced by full-time pursuit of the visual arts from my home studio. I am fascinated with the overall forms and surfaces in nature, as well as the underlying detailed structures. A major feature of my drawings is the behaviour of light as it is reflected, refracted or absorbed by living things and other objects. The tonal realism of my work seeks to capture sensations of texture, depth and movement, achieved by a slow process of detailed mark making on paper. I have been drawing full time and exhibiting since 2009.

Awards & Finalists

• Madeleine Taylor Award for Best in Show Flora, Botanical Art Society of Australia Members’ Exhibition, 2019.
• Finalist in the 2018 Emma Hack Art Prize.
• Finalist in the 2017 Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize.
• High Commendation in the 2017 Mitcham Art Prize.
• Finalist in the 2017 Emma Hack Art Prize.
• Winner of the 2016 Mitcham Art Prize. 
• Selected for the Pencil Art Society 2nd International Juried Exhibition, 2016.
• Finalist in the 2016 Fleurieu Food & Wine Art Prize.
• Finalist in the 2016 Emma Hack Art Prize.
• Invited participant in the 2013 Kedumba Drawing Award.
• Finalist in the 2013 Moreton Bay Region Art Awards.
• Finalist in the 2012 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.
• Finalist in the 7th Prospect Portrait Prize, 2011.
• Finalist in the Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize, 2011.
• Finalist in the 2011 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.
• Finalist in the 2011 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing.
• Commendation in the 2010 Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards. 

Shelter

Solo & small group exhibitions  

The Nature of Us, Diana Bradshaw, Bob Landt & Judy Morris, Gallery One, Mitcham SA, 24 August – 14 September, 2018.
Floribunda – drawings by Judy Morris with poems by Ian Gibbins, Hahndorf Academy, Main Street Hahndorf, SA 5245, 13 June – 26 July, 2015.
Sensurious – drawings to stimulate the sensesThe Gallery @ Pikes, Polish Hill River Road, Sevenhill, via Clare, SA  5453, 1 February – 26 March, 2014; and at Magpie Springs, Brookman Road, Hope Forest, SA 5172, 10 October, 2014 – 26 January, 2015.
Laws of NatureArt Images Gallery, Norwood, 31 August – 23 September, 2012.
Extension – drawings of the exercising body, Flinders Medical Centre Promenade Gallery B, 29 March – 22 May, 2011.

Group exhibitions

2019
• Flora: The Art and Science of the Plant, Botanical Art Society of Australia Members’ Exhibition, Art Space on the Concorde, Chatswood NSW, 28 August – 8 September, 2019 [Pencil drawing Eryngium planum].
Look Between the Lines, SALA exhibition at Gallery One, Mitcham SA, 26 July – 16 August, 2019 [Selected pencil drawing Ornamental].
• Botanical Art Society of Australia exhibition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, 27 – 31 March, 2019.

2018
Flora of Australia: Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition presented by the Botanical Art Society of Australia, Ainslie Art Centre, Braddon, ACT, 18 – 27 May, 2018.
Botanical Art Society of Australia exhibition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, 21 – 25 March, 2018.
• ‘Culture’, Emma Hack Art Prize 2018 Finalists Exhibition, Burnside Village, SA, 27 February – 16 March, 2018 [Pencil drawing To market to market].
• ‘Bloom’, SA Art Collective group exhibition at the Emma Hack Gallery, Adelaide, 11 January – 4 February, 2018.

2017
Flora – the art and science of the plant, Botanical Art Society of Australia at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, 31 August – 11 September, 2017.
Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize exhibition of finalists, Gallery M, Marion, SA, 4 – 27 August, 2017 [Pencil drawing Across the continents we traced prehistoric paths’].
Mitcham Art Prize 2017 Exhibition, Gallery One, Mitcham, SA, 16 June – 8 July, 2017 [Pencil drawing Manipulandum, awarded High Commendation].
Faces Behind the Feasts group exhibition as part of Tasting Australia, at Mrs Harris’ Shop, Torrensville, SA, 29 April – 27 May, 2017.
Emma Hack Art Prize exhibition of finalists, Burnside Village, SA, 20 February – 13 March, 2017 [Pencil drawingThe abundant catch slipping through our fingers].

2016
Pencil Art Society International Open Juried Exhibition, Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada, 29 September – 11 October, 2016 [Pencil drawing Intermingle].
Narratives, SALA Group Exhibition, Art Images Gallery, Norwood, SA, 5 August – 4 September, 2016.
Mitcham Art Prize Exhibition, Gallery One, Mitcham SA, 16 June – 9 July, 2016 [Pencil drawing Sigh, awarded Winner].
Fleurieu Food & Wine Art Prize exhibition of finalists, McLaren Vale, SA, 4 June – 29 July, 2016 [Pencil drawing Heirlooms].
Emma Hack Art Prize exhibition of finalists in the foyer of the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA, 9 Feb – 13 March, 2016 [Pencil drawing Spoken].

2015
• ‘Moments’, SALA group exhibition at Centennial Park, Pasadena, SA, 3 – 31 August, 2015.

2014
‘Art for All’ Group Exhibition, Art Images Gallery, Norwood, 28 November, 2014 – 8 February, 2015.

2013
• Kedumba Drawing Award, Wild Valley Art Park, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 27 October – 30 November, 2013  [Graphite drawing Shelter, invited entry].
Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine, Queensland, 12 – 27 October, 2013 [Graphite & coloured pencil drawing Remembering].
• ‘Palette to Plate’ , SALA Group Exhibition at Art Images Gallery, Norwood, 9 August – 1 September, 2013.
• Judy Morris Open StudioSALA Festival, 10 – 11 August, 2013.

Spoken

2012
Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2012 Exhibition, South Australian Museum, 21 July – 9 September, 2012 [Pencil drawing Veiled].

2011
7th Prospect Portrait Prize Exhibition, Prospect Gallery, Nailsworth, SA, 11 December, 2011 – 15 January, 2012. [Charcoal drawing Too Much Certainty].
11th Heysen Prize ExhibitionHahndorf Academy, 8 October – 4 December, 2011 [Coloured pencil drawing Trove].
• ‘As Luck Would Have It’Gallery One, Mitcham, SALA Festival Exhibition, 31 July – 22 August, 2010.
• Judy Morris Open StudioSALA Festival, August, 2011.
Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2011 Exhibition, South Australian Museum, 16 July – 4 September, 2011 [Graphite  drawing Parched].
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2011 Exhibition of Finalists, Adelaide Perry Gallery, ‘The Croydon’ Centre, PLC Sydney, Croydon, NSW, 25 Februrary – 26 March, 2011 [Charcoal drawing Reprieve].

2010
• Preview of works from Extension, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, June – September, 2010.
• ‘Lost and Found’, Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards 2010, Melbourne, 11-30 July,  Bendigo 16 August – 2 September, 2010; Warrnambool,  28 September – 17 October, Morwell 6 – 30 November, 2010 [George’s Legacy awarded commendation].

2009
• ‘Not Absolute: Translating the Body’, Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, 24 July – 27 September, 2009, as part of SALA Festival. Included 4 multi-media installations developed in collaboration with Catherine Truman and Ian Gibbins.

Michael’s Cage

Collections with my work

• Arts in Health, Flinders Medical Centre.
• Anatomy Museum, Flinders University.
• Royal Institution of Australia, Adelaide.
• Private collections in Australia, Argentina, China, England, France, Scotland.

Published drawings

• Cover illustration, Clouds, for Chris Roberts’ Sublime Rhymes, Seaview Press, West Lakes, 2011, ISBN 9781740085823.
• Cover illustrations for Ian Gibbins’ poetry collection Urban Biology, Friendly Street Poets and Wakefield Press, Norwood/Kent Town, SA, 2012, ISBN 9781743050996.
• Cover illustration for Chris Roberts’ collection, Poetry With Precision, 2012,ISBN 9781922155184.
• Cover illustration for Chris Roberts’ collection of poems and short stories, An Anthology of Substance, 2013, ISBN 9781925112252.
Floribunda, drawings by Judy Morris with poems by Ian Gibbins, Mt Barker, SA, 2015, 32 pages, ISBN 9780646937892.

Membership

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), Premium Plus Member.
Guildhouse, Associate Member.
The Botanical Art Society of Australia.