biography

Suzanne Morrison was born in Manitoba and earned her BA and BFA at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Now based in Toronto, she has shown extensively in public and commercial galleries throughout Canada and the United States.

While her early work was concerned with landscape in an abstracted form, after moving to Toronto and spending time on the Niagara Escarpment as Artist in Residence for the Credit Valley Conservation Authority in Terra Cotta, Ontario, she turned her attention to a more focused, particular view of landscape. Her subsequent travels have taken her to the Alberta Badlands, the Manitoba Desert, the forests of British Columbia, as well as Stonehenge, Easter Island, and the American Southwest. Her landscape series have toured extensively in public galleries across Canada. The series "Sacred Ground" originated with the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology and toured four public museums and galleries in Alberta and Ontario. The series based on the Niagara Escarpment was featured in six public galleries and museums in Ontario and Manitoba and completed its tour at the Justina Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto.

The horse appeared as subject matter in her paintings following a landscape trip to Easter Island in 1993. While sketching, she was repeatedly visited by herds of wild horses, which were the descendants of those brought to the island many years before by the Spanish missionaries. The horses embodied the untamed nature of this remote island, and it was this feeling that influenced her interest in capturing the wild spirit and strong physical presence of the horse.

The recipient of eight provincial arts council awards, her work has been featured in sixteen solo exhibitions as well as numerous two and three person shows over a twenty year period in her career. Her work has been the subject of several newspaper articles and television interviews including reviews in The Winnipeg Free Press, The Calgary Herald and CBC Television. Her paintings are part of private and corporate collections both national and international in scope, including Tory, Tory, Deslauriers & Binnington, Lang Michener, Canadian Tire Acceptance Corporation, Robertson House, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Minto Developments Inc., and Standard & Poor's Corporation.

 

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