Clipped From The Desert Sun
Friends remember John Morrls;notabIe Palm Springs artist Staff reports 1 American impressionist painter John Morris, 71, a Palm Springs resident for more than three decades, decades, died Wednesday at Hoag Memorial Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach. Stewart Warren, his nurse and friend, attributed his death to a heart attack. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Wiefels and Son Funeral Home in Palm Springs. Painter and sculptor Gant Gaither said Morris "had a grand humor, his own style.-It style.-It style.-It was expressed expressed in his art work. He will be missed." "John was a king-size king-size king-size pixie," said Allene Arthur, Desert Sun columnist. columnist. "There was kind of an amused twinkle behind everything he did in his art, his letters, his phone co-versations." co-versations." co-versations." His brother Ted said Morris had no formal training. He was self-taught, self-taught, self-taught, exhibiting a love of art at an early age.' His career began with portrait painting at local fairs near his native Laguna Beach. He served as a combat Navy artist artist in the Pacific daring World War IL After the war he returned to Los Angeles, where his oils were collected collected by many film stars. Morris painted all over the world, but his greatest influence and love was France. In 1988 he was appointed personal personal conservator to the late composer Frederick Loewe, another Palm Springs resident and close friend. Gallery owner Jeannette C. Mclntryre said, "I was fortunate to have an association with him and to represent himfor many years, presenting presenting a new exhibition of his original original oils each season. The people who own his paintings are very fortunate." Douglas G. Brown, an art columnist columnist who wrote about Morris' work, said, "He was able to inject into his canvases not only his unique humor, but the beauty and realism of life ssd and nature." "He was proud that as an artist during World War II, one of his works was accepted for the War Museum in Washington, D.C," Brown added. His works are owned by Bob Hope, Mrs. George Randolph Hearst, the Duke and Duchess d'Or-leans, d'Or-leans, d'Or-leans, John Forsythe, Edsell B. Ford II, Mousie Powell, Princess Ghislaine de Polignac and C.V. Whitney. His oils are found in the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the Santa Barbara Museum, Museum, the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Honolulu Academy of Art, Galerie Drap d'Or, Galleries Ensieme, Rome and Cannes. He also exhibited at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds. Last summer summer one of his oils was auctioned at Christie's in London. Memorial donations may be made to Desert Mental Health Food For AIDS, Gloria's, Restaurant, 1117 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262.