John Morfis is an American oil painter working in the realism genre. He is best known for his object portraits depicting various hand tools, nautical objects, and vintage objects. His artwork utilizes a brilliantly focused composition in order to elevate an object’s significance to prominence.
His object portraits portray light and form yet evoke a time and place in history. They are simple, yet refined and never gaudy. The chosen subjects are of significance to John and his family lineage. Growing up around tradesman John felt drawn to painting hand tools and objects typically thought of as merely utilitarian.
What better way to honor the importance of working with one’s hands than to immortalize a tool with an incredible oil painting reflecting its own form?
Working from direct observation, John Morfis turns a seemingly simple object into a masterful work of art. His paintings are sought after by collectors of the finest classical realism. Curiously, collectors of fine art with a more modern aesthetic also find John’s appealing due to their minimally attractive compositions.
John Morfis’ paintings have been exhibited at galleries, museums and fine art publications.