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Keith Morrison

Night Food, 1992

Oil on canvas

26.5" x 32"


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Night Food

Born in Jamaica and educated in the United States, Keith Morrison combines African, Caribbean, and American influences in the creation of his colorful signature style. Schooled in Abstract Expressionism, Morrison found that the abstract style was not fulfilling his creative needs as an African/Caribbean/American artist and turned to a personalized style of the abstract-figurative. His source of inspiration is his childhood spent in the Caribbean, which was laden with folk tales, legends, religion, family life, and community.

Night Food pays homage to a mixture of African and Caribbean traditions, embracing voodoo and Christianity. Imagery from both spiritual sects intermingle among exoticized flowers, animals, and fruit. Symbols of life, death, and resurrection are brought to life with Morrison's crowded picture plane and use of vibrant colors. Through retrospective examination of childhood beliefs, Morrison has created a rich and imaginative oeuvre rooted in his involvement in multiple cultures.   K. A. K.

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