Back to Biographies David Morrish
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
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David Morrish, originally from Manitoba, Canada, is an artist and educator living and working in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He is a Full Professor at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland teaching photography in the BFA visual arts program. Morrish received his B.F.A. degree in Visual Arts in 1981 from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB. In 1985 he received his M.F.A. degree in Visual Arts from the University of Calgary, Alberta. He is co-author of Copper Plate Photogravure: Demystifying the Process, Focal Press, 2003, with Marlene MacCallum.

Morrish’s recent work as a printmaker involves both photography and the intaglio process of flat-plate photogravure. He began exhibiting photographic work in Canada in 1978 but has exhibited photogravure prints exclusively since 1996, nationally and internationally. Notable work has involved poorly done taxidermy as the image base for print suites that sometimes reference Medieval illuminations or 19th Century portrait conventions. His landscape work has explored the limestone alvars of the Great Northern Peninsula, NL and The Burren in Co. Clare, IE.  He has produced the artist’s book work, GAZE, using photogravure and letterpress under his imprint: DeadCat Press. Morrish’s recent research and collections center around human mortality: the natural processes, the rites and traditions, and 19th Century post-mortem portraiture, and faux biography and provenance.

Currently working with colleagues Marlene MacCallum and Pierre LeBlanc on research of four-color photogravure, sequence, and traditional photogravure’s potential integration with digital technologies, they received a sizable multi-year SSHRC grant. In 2005, a Canada Council Mid-career Creation/Production Grant was his fourth Canada Council Grant. Morrish’s print and book works are held in numerous public and private collections across Canada. He also has an interest in artistamps and has produced the world’s only photogravure cinderella.

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