Jennifer Morrison

A South African artist living and working in London who paints abstract works with a particular focus on colour.

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Born in South Africa in 1971, Morrison studied both there and in London, where she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

She has had solo shows in Johannesburg, London and Durban and been in group exhibitions in London and New York.

Morrison is currently represented by Graham Modern & Contemporary in Johannesburg.

Her work is in private collections in South Africa, Singapore, United States, Australia and London.

Morrison lives and works in London.


London based artist, Jennifer Morrison, creates abstract paintings which are primarily concerned with colour, scale, texture and form. Although she has lived in London for over two decades, the colours of South Africa have never left her and remain a central influence in her work. She is interested in weighing accident against deliberation, precision and control against playfulness and abandon. Whether it is a plant or clouds or smudges on a wall, these can all serve as inspiration for Morrison and act as a starting point for a painting.

Her work explores the medium of oil paint and seeks to rely on the intuition of the artist in the making of the works and on the person who views them. The experience of making the works is based on unconscious filters, values, past experience and knowledge.

Her paintings raise the issue of the viewer’s expectation of paintings, the need for some to see it perform as a narrative space within which the image and meaning can unfold. Finding meaning is not a primary concern for the artist. The visual impact and experience is paramount. Her paintings are devoid of content or narrative which precludes any single meaning or view.

Morrison wants the viewing of her paintings to be a rich experiential encounter. For the artist, painting is about exploring the invented object in front of her. The formal qualities of abstract painting are significant not in themselves but as part of a work’s expressive message.

Morrison is interested in the literalness of painting, of comprehending a work in a literal and experiential sense. She sees it as a kind of honesty. It is also about having faith in not knowing, in being confounded, in doubt. Abstract art accepts the permanent uncertainties and pluralities that comes with its territory.

With painting, as with other things, you’re always losing possibilities by the choices you make. Morrison feels this to be a very exciting thing.

Experience and Exhibitions

2019 – START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London

2019 – Solo exhibition at Graham Modern & Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

2018 – START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London

2018 – House of Artists Group exhibition, Circle Contemporary Gallery, Cornwall

2018 – Group exhibition at Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, with Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 – Solo show at KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2017 –  Solo show at Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016 – FNB  Johannesburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016 – Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa

2015 – FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015 – Solo show at Debut Contemporary, London

2015 –  Solo show  at Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 – Chelsea Arts Club, London, Solo Show

2014 – Debut Contemporary Gallery, London, Group Show

2014 – Debut Contemporary Gallery, London, Group Show

2014 – Debut Contemporary Gallery, London, Group Show

2014 – Art Below Group Show, The Framers Gallery, London

2013 – Debut Contemporary Gallery, London. Group show

2013 – Agora Gallery, New York. Group show

2012 – Homechoice Corporate Collection, South Africa

2012 – Coningsby Gallery, London. Solo show

2009 – Coningsby Gallery, London. Solo show

2008 – Group exhibition, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

2007 – Group project with eightmodern: Short film ‘Shadowplay’

2004 – Arndean Gallery, London. Solo show

2003 – Holman,Fenwick & Willan, London. Solo show

2003 – Holman, Fenwick & Willan Corporate Collection

2003 – Nicro Charity Auction. Wilton’s Music Hall, London

2003 – Graham Beck Wine Estate, South Africa. Private Collection

2001 – Group exhibition, New Inn Yard Gallery, London

1999 – BBC Group exhibition, Broadcasting House, London


Graham Modern & Contemporary, Johannesburg:

KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa