COCA-COLA 50A, 2015
Burton Morris is a painter, best known for his bold, graphic pop art depictions of various icons. His subject matter includes everyday objects that portray today’s popular culture. His distinctive style is characterized by radiant black outlines and vivid colors that emit energy in all of his artwork. Burton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1964. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986. After graduation, Burton started a career as an art director in advertising. He established the Burton Morris Studios in 1990. That year he began making his small post-pop icons into large-scale paintings. He would choose one subject per composition to create what he calls “an instant happening” for the viewer. He used his background in commercial advertising to blur the lines between high and low art. In 1992, Absolut Vodka selected his artwork to represent Pennsylvania for its prestigious Absolut Statehood campaign. During that same year, his paintings began to hang on the hit NBC television sitcom Friends, which continued to showcase his artwork for over ten seasons. Morris’ work burst onto the American stage and was given worldwide exposure in 2004 when he produced the signature image for the 76th Annual Academy Awards.