DESMOND MORRIS

ART

Desmond Morris has been painting for over sixty-five years. He held his first exhibition in 1948 and his most recent in 2015.

Ten books have been written about his work:



Desmond Morris
Analytical Catalogue Raisonné 2000-2012

Silvano Levy
(Sansom & Company, Bristol)
[ISBN Standard edition 978-1-906593-44-5, Collector's edition 978-1-906593-97-1]
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As in the first volume of this analytical catalogue raisonné, Morris's work is presented through thematic, biographical and circumstantial analysis. An initial discussion of the genesis and history of the works is followed by an illustrated chronology of the artist's career over a dozen years, a comprehensive account of his exhibitions between 2000 and 2012 and a bibliography of texts and broadcasts. These contextual appraisals precede an illustrated analytical and discursive catalogue of art works. In a final section of the book, the data published in the catalogue of 2001 is updated with information about previously unknown works, exhibitions, provenance and the publication of paintings. Particularly significant is that the starting date of Morris's known activity as an artist has been revised to 1943 and that his juvenile artistic production is discussed and illustrated.





Lines of Thought
THE DRAWINGS OF DESMOND MORRIS

Text by Silvano Levy
Published by the Kettlestone Press
(Norfolk, 2008)
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The Secret Surrealist
The Paintings of Desmond Morris

Desmond Morris with an introduction by Philip Oakes
(Phaidon, Oxford: 1987)
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THE SURREALIST WORLD OF
DESMOND MORRIS

Michel Remy (Cape, London: 1991)
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French edition:
L'Univers Surrealiste de Desmond Morris
(Souffles, Paris)


Desmond Morris
 50 Years of Surrealism

Silvano Levy
(Ebury Press, Barrie & Jenkins, London: 1997)
Blackwells Online
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Text excerpts

In this book Silvano Levy traces the principal themes in Morris' paintings and discusses their significance within the context of Surrealism, the movement with which Morris has identified for over fifty years.







DESMOND MORRIS
NAKED SURREALISM

Pandora, 1999
(This is an enlarged edition of the 1997 book)
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CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ
DESMOND MORRIS ANALYTICAL CATALOGUE RAISONNE 1944-2000 Pandora, Antwerp, 2001
[ISBN 90-5325-162-6]
Thomas Heneage









A Lost World
SKETCHES FOR A BESTIARY BY DESMOND MORRIS

Text by Andrew Murray
Published by the Mayor Gallery
(London, 2004)



DARK INSIDE MY HEAD
Surrealist Bulletin No. 2.
Series Editor: Silvano Levy.
Published by Belgrave Gallery, London.

A surrealist tract by Desmond Morris outlining his feelings about the movement and the part it has played in his life, from his first surrealist exhibition held in 1948 to his most recent in 2015, a span of nearly 70 years.









HEADWORKS
Published on 5th June 2014
by DARK WINDOWS PRESS

Desmond Morris is best known as the author of 60 scientific books, but in a completely different sphere he has also been an active surrealist for 70 years, during which time he has produced more than 2500 paintings. By contrast, his surrealist writings have been rare, with a total of only 80 poems surviving from the same time period. All of these are collected here and are accompanied bya recent suite of paintings made during the final quarter of 2013.

He has described these writings as "diverse jottings made on the rare occasions when my visual images gave way to surrealist words."


ATTENTION COLLECTORS!

Catalogue Raisonné vol. III now in preparation
If you own a work by Desmond Morris
please contact author Silvano Levy here to have your work included

Vol. I now published, with 1300 illustrations
Vol. II now published, with over 1000 illustrations

Author Silvano Levy has divided the artist's work into four main periods, as follows:

Early Period
1944 - 56
Zoo Period
1956 - 68
Naked Ape Period
1968 - 89
Late Period
1990 onwards

The blind watchmaker

The Blind Watchmaker      
1986
     

Enquiries concerning works of art by Desmond Morris
should be addressed to:

THE MAYOR GALLERY
21 CORK STREET, FIRST FLOOR,
LONDON, W1S 3LZ
Tel: 020 7734 3558
Fax: 020 7494 1377
Email: info@mayorgallery.com
Website: www.mayorgallery.com

THE TAURUS GALLERY
16 NORTH PARADE,
OXFORD OX2 6LX
TEL: 01865 514870
e-mail: enquiries@taurusgallery.com
Website: http://www.taurusgallery.com


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Last updated: 14/08/2015