Artist: Robin Morris
Size: 27" x 33¾"
Medium: Limited Edition Lithograph on Paper
About the Artist: How many Jewish artists start their careers with oneparticular style and never touch on their Jewish roots?Chances are, probably most of them. Some of the most famousJewish artists of our time such as Marc Chagall, neverreally left his Jewish roots at all, as many of hissignature works were bible related. But theres a popularJewish South Florida artist named Robin Morris who startedher art career back in 1982 in one direction and then made aturn back to her spiritual Jewish roots.Back in 1982, Robin published her first limited editionlithograph titled The Couple? which was a very stylized ArtDeco couple standing in front of a palm tree. Robin went onto create over 50 different graphic editions during the1980s, all in this similar style that eventually becameknown as New Deco?. During the early 80s, she was onlyproducing two editions per year, but as her popularity grew,she was able to publish four and even five editions peryear. Her original paintings were selling out from galleriesfrom New York to Los Angeles, but no market was hotter thanin South Florida where South Beach was being reborn and ArtDeco was once again king.Robin took some time off from her career in the early 90sto have three children, Michael and Andrew her twin boys andRachel, her daughter. By this time, the art market hadcooled down and Art Deco was waning in popularity. Robin and her family were attending the Shul in Bal Harborwhere Rabbi Shalom Lipsker is the spiritual leader. Robinbegan studying Torah with the rabbi and as it turns out,Rabbi Lipsker had a profound impact on her life. Alwayssupportive and completely understanding of the G-D givengift that Robin possessed, Rabbi Lipsker never let Robinforget her obligations to her family, her career and mostimportantly, to herself. Robin turned inward and dug deepinto her soul looking for the inspiration she needed to getback to the drawing board. What emerged from this turmoilwas one of the most powerful works she has ever created. Thepainting is called Kiddush LVanah? and features anorthodox rabbi dancing with a torah with a full moonoverhead. The rabbi of course has Robins trademark one eye.Robin quickly followed the painting with a series of prints,which were met with instant success.Robin followed up with The Ten Commandments?, a verypowerful image of Moses holding the tablets. Again, Robinmade prints. It was right after this painting that Robin waschosen as one of Israel BondsWomen of Valor?. Not onlywas she awarded this wonderful acclaim with several otheroutstanding recipients, she also created an image for theprogram cover that also became a print.A painting of Noahs Ark? that Robin had created earlier inher career was taken out of the archive and made into prints.A new work called The Tree of Knowledge? followed soonafter, featuring Eve in the Garden of Eden. A Purim piecetitled Mordecai and Esther? came a short time later.In October of 2003, Robin went back to New York for a showat Central Galleries? in Cedarhurst, one of her oldest anddearest galleries. For this momentous return, she produced apainting featuring Shabbat Candle Lighting?. Its kind of ironic, but Robins collectors started comingout of the woodwork searching out these new Judaic images.Many of her older collectors never even knew that Robin wasJewish. After all, they had only known her for her NewDeco? works.Robins upbringing in Yonkers, New York was typical of manyof the baby boomers that grew up during the 1950s and 60s.Her parents belonged to an orthodox synagogue, although theypracticed more of a conservative lifestyle. Robin enjoyedher Hebrew School education and even spent a few summersupstate at an orthodox summer camp. Both sets ofgrandparents were strictly orthodox, and both of hergreat-grandfathers were rabbis. One in fact was a scribe,and Robin always felt that she had inherited part of his gift.Robins works are primarily based on her New Deco? style,but not far from the surface, and never far away, are herJewish roots that will inevitably blossom into anotherbeautiful painting. In the blink of an eye, Robin Morris reappears, with twinsons, a daughter and a paintbrush bristling with the passionof her "ongoing cast of characters."It is in these characters that the artist's emotions arerevealed, hidden beneath layers of color pattern. They areRobin's observations of life - stylized, playful and yetchallenging to the viewer. "It is this contradiction Ienjoy most about my work; Reality and imagination,juxtaposed, with a touch of humor."Stepping into the public eye in 1982 with the publication ofher first lithograph, The Couple, the fifty editions thatfollowed firmly established her in the artistic communityand enhanced her broad-based commercial appeal.From canvas to ceramics to bronze to tapestries to papergoods, her highly sophisticated images have appeared oneverything from Radio City Music Hall program covers toBloomingdale's bath sheets. Posters, note cards andshopping bags are just a few of the commercial applicationsthat have achieved widespread recognition and captivated thepublic's interest in her art.This fascination with Robin Morris' creations can be notedwith sold out shows worldwide, and the inclusion of herinternationally acclaimed work in the permanent collectionsof several museums. She continues to evolve, constantlyexamining new frontiers for her artwork.