This exhibition consists of fifteen works executed in ink, watercolor or tempera on paper, with subjects derived from nature which include fauna, birds, snakes, fruit and fish. Throughout his career, Morris Graves has used the images of nature as visual metaphors for the mysteries of life, or as he describes, "the inner eye".
Morris Graves, born and raised in Fox Valley, Oregon, lived the majority of his life in the Pacific Northwest. A self-taught artist devoted to the practice of Zen, Graves pursued an independent artistic vision, leaving him on the periphery of mainstream American modernism. Influenced by Surrealism, Carl Jung’s theories of the collective unconscious, and Eastern philosophy, Graves had his first solo exhibition in 1936 at The Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. Although linked to the Northwest School of Visionary Art with artists Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson and Kenneth Callahan, Graves’s works