Cleveland Morris

"Guitar Soliloquies"

March 15 -August 30,2012



An exhibition of new works by Cleveland Morris has opened in the McCarthy Gallery of Holekamp Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The show will remain on view until August 31. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entitled “Guitar Soliloquies,” the exhibit consists of paintings and a single drawing featuring solo figures of men playing the guitar. Lost in time, space, and deep in thought, these men find tranquility and self-expression in their private worlds—a world barely glimpsed by the artist and viewer.

In addition to these figure works, the show also contains an assortment of still lifes. These small paintings are called “Donut Portraits” by the artist. They depict donuts in various stages of their short pastry lives: from pristine bakery-case show pieces to partially and greedily devoured morning treats.

Cleveland Morris is an artist living in Staunton, VA. He is best known for his still lifes. The works in this show mark a decided departure in his subject matter. He exhibits frequently and widely throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In Lexington, his work has often been seen at the Nelson Gallery and in a previous solo show at the McCarthy Gallery in 2009.