Wayne Beam Morrell, Jr.

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Wayne Beam Morrell (American, 1923-2013) artist, illustrator and impressionist painter primarily known for his American Impressionist marine paintings, landscapes, cityscapes & townscapes, coastal scenes, snowscapes, figurative and genre paintings. Mediums worked in include; oil, pastels and watercolor. Morrell was born in Clementon, New Jersey in 1923 and as a young child took an immediate interest in drawing. As a result, he attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art studying draftsmanship and commercial art. At the suggestion of his grandfather, he also took a fourteen week course of a government sponsored evening course on aeronautics and drafting at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, he attended a program at the Famous Artists School, which was an instructional correspondence course of two dozen lessons.

Morrell had a career as a commercial artist working as the art director for the John Oldham Studios in Wethersfield, CT, an industrial exhibit design business. While there, Morrell created exhibits for companies that featured aircraft, rocket and space development, several of which were displayed at the Paris and Brussells World's Air Shows during the late 1950's. Morrell also served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Morrell was primarily a self-taught artist and began painting in 1953 with great success and subsequently left his career with John Oldham Studios in 1961 to devote his energy full time to fine art. His artwork from this time period focused primarily on doing murals. Since then he has exhibited his impressionistic works nationally and internationally to great acclaim with many solo shows, winning several prizes in exhibitions throughout the north east. In 1992, he was honored by his Alma Mater, Drexel University, with a 40 year solo retrospective exhibition. Wayne Morrell maintained his home and studio in Rockport, Massachusetts with his wife Lillian and their daughter Lisa. Morrell died on December 4, 2013, three wekks shy of his 90th birthday.

Drawing from his personal life and everyday surroundings gave Morrell greater depth and understanding of his home in New England and these works are what he is best known for. He is one of a premier group of American artists who continue the tradition of great landscape masters such as Winslow Homer, Edward Redfield, and George Inness.

In his harbor paintings, Morrell often uses bright vibrant colors in combination with grassy green boats to allude to the movement and activity of the harbor. His innate connection to the area is revealed through his impressionist brushstroke, thus revealing Morrell's artistic signature.

Exhibitions: Grand Central Art Galleries, NYC; National Academy of Design, NYC; Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.

Memberships: The American Artists Professional League, NYC; the Allied Artists of America, NYC: Grand Central Art Galleries, NYC; Salmagundi Club, NYC; Springfield Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA; Southern Vermont Art Association, Manchester, VT; Hudson Valley Artists; American Veterans Society; Connecticut Academy; Was a council member of the Academic Artists Association, Vernon, CT; and the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.

Collections in: Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; the Columbus Museum of Fine Art, Columbus, OH; the American Watercolor Society, NYC; the Southern Vermont Art Association, Manchester, VT; the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA; and in numerous private collections throughout the United States.

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(Source: With permission from AskArt.com, prior submissions of biographical information from the Newman Galleries and Art Cellar Exchange; American Art Review, by Judith A Curtis, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, Pgs. 122-125, August, 2014.)