American Pop Artist Burton Morris was born in 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning a bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 1986, he started a career as an art director in advertising. Morris is best known for his bold, graphic pop art depictions of various modern icons. His subject matter includes everyday objects that portray today’s popular culture. His artwork is characterized by radiant black outlines and vivid colors. In 1990, Morris began making his small post-pop icons into large-scale paintings, using his background in advertising to blur the lines between high and low art.
In 1992, Absolut Vodka selected his work to represent Pennsylvania for its Absolut Statehood campaign. The same year, his paintings began to be shown in the hit sitcom Friends. He has been creating signature image for important events including the 76th Academy Awards, FIFA World Cup Soccer, the 2006 MLB All-Star Game, and the 2016 US Open Golf Tournament. In 2015. Morris teamed up with Ford and created a series of ten unique hand-sculpted Mustang pony emblems painted in different colors representing ten countries.
Morris’ artwork is included in the collections of The Barack Obama Presidential Center, The Albright-Knox Museum, The Jimmy Carter Center, The Elysee Museum, The United Nations, The International Olympic Museum, The World of Coca Cola Museum, The Senator John Heinz History Museum, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.