Simon Morris


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022     Room of Time. City Gallery Wellington.

2021     When each action opens. Jhana Millers Gallery, Wellington

2020     Colour follows light, ight follows colour. Two Room Auckland

2019     When Light Meets Surface, Shibukawa, Japan.

2018     Falling Light. Two Rooms, Auckland

2017     Simon Morris. Alcove Space. Amsterdam.

2017     A whole and Two Halves. PS Project Space. Amsterdam.

2017     A Whole and Two Halves. Milford Gallery. Dunedin

2017     A Whole and Two Halves. Two Rooms, Auckland.

2015     Yellow Ochre Room. Christchurch Art Gallery.

2015     Black Water Colour Painting. Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch.

2013     Water Colour Painting Two Rooms, Auckland.

2011     Blue Water Colour. The Dowse Art Museum.

2010     Black Water Colour, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

2010     Daily Paintings, Two Rooms, Auckland

2009     Folding Water, Two Rooms, Auckland

2009     Coloured Water March 2009. Lesley Kreisler Gallery, New Plymouth

2007     Coloured Water August 2007. 64Zero3, Christchurch

2007     Coloured Water July 2007. Roger Williams Contemporary, Auckland

2007     Homemade Mathematics The New Dowse, Lower Hutt

2006     Simon Morris: Coloured Time Drawing and a Pause. Lesley Kreisler Gallery, New Plymouth.

2005     Simon Morris: Painting Project 2000‐2005 Physics Room, Christchurch

2005     Sit Talk Look Write Litmus Research project. Massey university Wellington

2004     Three Orange Lines SHOW, Wellington

2002     Wall of Edges, Somewhere to sit, accumulation, and the time. Bartleynees Gallery, Wellington.

2002     Accumulations, and A List Lesley Kreisler Gallery

2002     Accumulations, The Time, and a Loop Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

2000     Loop Geometry Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

1998     Blink Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

1996     Structures Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton

1994     Choice of Chance. University of Canterbury

1993     Options and Operations Centre For Contemporary Arts, Hamilton.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022     Abstract Realities:The MAG&M Project. Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Sydney.

2022     Future Memory. Kaunas, Lithuania. Curated Sebastian Freytag, Lars Breuer and and Guido Munch.

2022     On The Line. Auckland Art Gallery. Curated by Julia Waite from the gallery collection.

2021     TRUE LOVE: A Tribute to Grant Lingard. Ilam Campus Gallery, School of Fine Arts Canterbury University.

2019     #01 Biennale of International Reductive and Non-Objective Art. The Stores building, Parramatta, Sydney

2019     #Migrating #Cookies&#Company,.! Kreisler Gallery, New Plymouth.

2019     Act of Reversal: Some Abstraction from China, New Zealand and Australia. Five Walls, Melbourne Australia.

2019     3CM Museum. Chi K11 Art Space. Shengyang, China

2018     Infinite Worlds / Infinite Probabilities. University of Southern Queensland Art Gallery, Australia

2017     Painting as Model. Two Rooms, Auckland.

2017     Table Manners. Play Station, Wellington

2016     Painting – A Transitive Practice. St. Paul St. Three. Auckland.

2016     Wallace Art Awards. Pah Homestead, Auckland.

2016     WestFarbe: Painting v’s Colour. Bonn and Gelsenkirrchen, Germany.

2016     Accumulations. Two Rooms.

2015     OP + Pop. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

2015     The Smoothing of things. Two Rooms.

2015     Colour and Line Are Not Lies. West Project, Sydney and Red Door Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia.

2014     Christoph Viral. Kunstmuseum Ahlen,Germany.       

2014       SNO 108. Sydney Non Object. Sydney

2014     Frieze. Gow Langsfors Gallery, Auckland.

2014       Unstuck in Time. Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts. Auckland

2013                 Living Space: Simon Morris and Brenda Sulivan. Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

2013     The Bold and the Beautiful. Two Rooms

2012     CONTACT. ARTISTS FROM AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND. Frankfurter Kunstverein. Germany.

2012     El Retorno del Barrocco, Embassy of Mexico, Wellington.

2012     Gallery Abstract, Two Rooms, Auckland

2011     Rhyme and Reason, Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne, and St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland

2011     ROOTMEANSQUARE, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland.

2011     Aotearoa Baroque, MUCA Roma. Mexico City.

2011     Collecting Contemporary, Te Papa, Wellington

2011     Un-sited City Gallery Wellington

2011     Colour Light Time, Nellie Casten Gallery, Melbourne

2010     Colour Light Time, Two Rooms, Auckland

2010     Diagram. The Engine Room, Wellington. And The Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne

2009     Wall Works Adam Art Gallery, Wellington.

2009     SNO 50 Sydney Non Object, Sydney.

2009     Select Effect Export Te Tuhi Centre For the Arts, Auckland.

2009     Abstract Realities University of South Queensland, Toowoomba.

2009     Paper Works. Two Rooms, Auckland.

2009     Pour Faire Simple. Paris Concret, Paris.

2008     My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble. Sydney College of Arts Gallery, Sydney. The Physics Room, Chch

2008     Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung e.V.(GKG), Bonn

2008     Yo Mo Modernism. CCNOA Brussels.

2008     Are you Right Not to Like Modrn Art? Manawatu Public Art Gallery, Palmerston North.

2008     Crosstalk, Two Room, Auckland

2007     SOFA125, Christchurch Art Gallery. Christchurch

2007     Abstraction Roger Williams Contemporary, Auckland.

2007     Telecom Prospect 2007 City Gallery, Wellington.

2007     SNO 32. Shifting Trends: transitions in intuitive abstraction. Sydney.

2006     Summer Show Roger Williams Contemporary, Auckland

2006     Satellite New Zealand Pavillion Shanghai, China.

2006     SNO 14 Collected Uncollected. Sydney

2005     SNO 12 Sydney

2005     Transmission Craig Easton Simon Morris Jeena Shin 64zero3,Chch

2005     minimal approach…concrete tendencies Tin shed Gallery, University of Sydney.

2005     SNO 2 (Sydney Non Object), Sydney

2004     Sara Hughes and Simon Morris Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington

2004     International Concrete Constructivist Art Connie Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney

2004     Abstract Realities MOP, Sydney

2004     Constructed Colour 4 Artspace, Sydney

2003     Living Room The Suter Gallery, Nelson

2003     Changing Times in Painting Connie Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney

2003     Past and Present Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera, Wellington

2003     Wall drawings Multiple box, Sydney

2002     Scape Art & Industry Biennale, Christchurch

2001     Prospect – New Art From New Zealand. City Gallery Wellington

2000     The Crystal Chain Gang New Gallery Auckland

2000     The Numbers Game Adam Art Gallery Victoria University Wellington

2000     Painted Spaces Australian Centre For Contemporary Art Melbourne,

New Gallery Auckland, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

2000     Eloquent Polarites New Gallery, Auckland

1999     Jim Allen and Simon Morris Lesley Kreisler Gallery New Plymouth

1997     Signs of The times City Gallery, Wellington

1997     White Out New Gallery, Auckland

1997     In and Out of Place 101 Collin St Gallery Annex, Melbourne

1996     Lesley Kreisler Gallery

1995     A Very Perculiar Practice City Gallery, Wellington

1994     Parallel Lines - Gordon Walters in Context, ACAG Auckland

1994     Prototypes Linden Gallery, Melbourne 

Architectural project / Collaborations / Commissions

2008     Measurement Level 5. Wall Drawing. Phillips Fox. Tower Building, Wellington

2007     Rainscreen The New Dowse. Collaboration with Athfield Architects Ltd,

The New Dowse, and Fraser engineering.

2007     Space in light / light in Space. Commission from Otago University School of Medicine and Health Science. Wellington, in collaboration with Athfield Architects

2000     Measurement Commission from Phillips Fox in conjunction with Architecture +. Tower Building, Wellington.


2016     Fulbright Wallace Trust Art Award, Including  a Fulbright Scholarship and residency at Headland centre for the Arts, San Francisco USA.

2012     Deutsche Borse Residency. Frankfuter Kunstverein.

2008     Massey University College of Creative Arts. Mid-Career research award

2006     Creative New Zealand Grant for The Dowse Art Gallery Façade project

2005     Research Grant Simon Morris: Painting Projects 2000-2005. Massey School Of Fine Arts.

2003     Research grant for Painting, Dispacement, and somewhere to sit Massey University

1998     Research Grant for Wonder Wall, Waikato Polytechnic

1994     Research Grant for Structures, Waikato Polytechnic 


2019     Easton.C, Acts of Reversal. Pub. Five Walls, Melbourne. Australia.

2018     Westfarbe. Kunstmuseum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

2017     Painting: A transitive space. Pub. St Paul St. Gallery, Auckland

2017     Patrick, M, The Painting That Made Itself. Pub in Art News New New Zealand (Issue Autumn 2017)

2016     Painting: A Transitive Space. Pub. St Paul St Gallery, AUT, Auckland.

2015     Hall. K. OP + Pop, in Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. Pub. Christchurch Art Gallery.

2015     Patrick. M. Black Water Colour Painting 2015. Pub. Ilam School of Fine Arts. Christchurch.

2015     Phillips. Bruce E. Unstuck in Time. Pub. Te Tuhi Auckland.

2014     Reddaway R. El Barroco De Aotearoa. In Memorias 2009-2013. Pub. MUCA Roma. Mexico.

2012     Emmerling, L. and Kreisler, A. CONTACT. ARTISTS FROM AOTEAROA .

NEW ZEALAND. Pub. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany.

2011     Reddaway, R. El Barroco de Aotearoa. Pub. MUCA Roma, Mexico City

2011     Thomas, D. A Mid Point in Reason and Rhyme. Pub. Gertrude Contemporary,

            Melbourne and St Paul St Gallery, AUT University Auckland.

2009     Hurrel, J. Folding Water. Pub. Australian Art Collector # 50.

2009     Rouse. J. Spatial Planes: Wall Works Marks a decade of Adam Art Gallery.

Pub. Art New Zealand #132.

2009     Jennings, N. Are You Right to Not Like Modern art. Pub. Te Manawa Public Art Gallery.

2009     Patrick.M Folding Water. Pub Two Rooms.

2009     Hoepfl, T. My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble. Pub. The Physics Room. Christchurch.

2007     Kreisler, A. Works Well With Others. Pub. New Zealand Listener

2007     Hurrell,J. Watching Time, Tracing Time, (Tracking Morris’s Coloured Line). Pub. 64Zero3 Gallery, Christchurch.

2007     Galbraith, H. Telecom Prospect 2007 Pub. City Gallery, Wellington.

2006     Jenkins, K. Constructed Colour. Co-Pub. University of South

Queensland, Artspace Sydney, Sydney Non Object Group.

2006     Kreisler, A. Painting Projects 2000 – 2005. Pub The Physics Room Annual Review.

2005     McAloon, W. Simon Morris: painting projects 2000 – 2005 Pub. The Physics Room, Christchurch.

2004     Curnow, B. New New Zealand Art Pub. Canary Gallery, Auckland

2003     McAloon. W. Living Room. Pub. The Suter, Nelson

2003     Thomas.D. Changing Times in Painting. Melbourne.

2001     Lara Strongman, prospect 2001 New Art From New Zealand. Pub. City

Gallery Wellington.

2001     Pat Fisher, Painted Spaces. Pub. The University of Edinburgh

2000     William McAloon, text Loop Geometry. Pub Simon Morris

2000     Allan Smith, The Crystal Chain Gang. Pub Auckland City Art Gallery

2000     Zara Stanhope, The Numbers Game. Pub. Victoria University Wellington

2000     Allan Smith, Painted Spaces. Pub David Thomas. Melbourne

2000     Allan Smith, Eloquent Polarities. Pub. Auckland City Art Gallery

1998     David Cross, Beyond Standard Issue Abstraction: The Art of Simon Morris, Pub. Waikato Polytechnic

1997     David Cross, Abstraction After Appropriation, in Signs of The Times, Pub. City Gallery, Wellington

1996     Lara Strongman, Ambience and Association in Structures, Pub. Waikato Museum of Art and History

1995     Warwick Brown, 100 New Zealand Painters Godwit Publishing, Auckland

1995     Allan Smith A Very Peculiar Practice Pub. City Gallery Wellington

1994     William McAloon Parallel Lines: Gordon Walters in Context Pub. Auckland Art Gallery

1998     Ben Curnow Prototypes Pub Linden Gallery, Melbourne


Chartwell Collection

Christchurch Art Gallery

Fletcher Collection, Auckland.

Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Germany

The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt.

Te Papa Tongawera Museum of New Zealand

The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson.

Victoria University, Wellington.

Waikato Museum of Art and History

Wellington City Council Art Collection

Education and Employment and Service

1985 BFA Canterbury, Christchurch

1997 MFA RMIT, Melbourne

1999- Associate Professor, School of Art. Massey University. Wellington

2003-2005 Programme Leader School of Fine Arts.

2006-2008 Subject Director, School of Fine Arts

2009-2011 Director The Engine Room Art Gallery, SOA

2008-9 Creative New Zealand Visual arts assessment panel

Wellington City Council art collection committee

Hirchsfield Art Gallery Advisory committee

Massey University Art Committee.

Trustee C Art Trust.

Simon Morris was born in Kirikiriroa New Zealand 1963. Currently an artist and Associate Professor in the School of Art Whiti o Rehua, Massey University Wellington New Zealand.