Tucked away in a quiet studio in rural Cornwall, Joe Morris is a contemporary British artist who is making waves. He is the master of Tadelakt – a centuries-old form of lime plaster – and creates distinctive, compelling artworks with an undeniably powerful appeal.
Joe's work is both ancient and contemporary, drawing upon pre-history to explore not only the first origins of art but also what it really means to be an artist today. His minimalist compositions resonate with something much deeper in all of us, and the bold, universal simplicity of Joe's visual language – alongside the dynamic process behind the work – ensure his artworks are highly sought after.
The underlying patterns and symmetries of Britain's remote, wild landscapes help to provide Joe with an endless source of inspiration; particularly the natural "rhythms" of the seasons, the archaeological traces of ancient cultures, or even the wires and highways of the modern world, which occasionally slice through.
A sense of the artist as conduit, making the unseen visible – and connecting us to a deeper, shared experience – gently emanates throughout all of Joe's artworks. It's no surprise that music is also a constant inspiration, and Joe uses it to accompany what is an incredibly time-consuming, yet satisfying, creative process which becomes ultimately, in his words, "a positive meditation on every aspect of my world".
'Universal Geometries' are also a strong influence, and Joe's choice of Tadelakt as an artistic medium – drawing or carving patterns into the material with simple tools, then finely polishing it into stone-like surface by hand – results in an engaging, tactile appeal to each unique piece.
Joe first discovered Tadelakt when he helped to restore a historic Cornish manor house, and he was immediately drawn to the idea of using it artistically. In his hands, the material becomes something completely new and, by exploring it's creative possibilities, he has successfully developed his own singular visual language through which to create a much-needed space for contemplation, stillness and quiet.
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As well as running his own studio, Joe is also a core member of Art Eye – a vibrant, prestigious and diverse community of talented, independent artists from around the UK – creating unique, large-scale, architecturally-integrated or site-specific artworks with Interior Designers, Property Developers, Architects, Hoteliers, Luxury Brands and Private Collectors. For more information about commissioning large scale or site-specific pieces, please get in touch here.
Joe's collectible, individual pieces as shown throughout this site have in recent years attracted a strong following from a wide variety of contemporary art buyers, and he's recently released a series of Studio Works, or "Original Editions" – exclusively available here, made to commission. Each composition will be released for a limited period of time only, and in limited numbers. Please see the dedicated Studio Works page for more information. Joe is also currently developing a series of works on paper, more news to follow soon..
Like what you see and want to view it in person? You can experience Joe Morris's art in selected events around the UK, please visit the exhibitions page, or subscribe to the Mailing List for more information. And, if you wish to enquire about commissioning Joe to make a piece of your own, please get in touch directly with the studio here.