Beyond the musculature and the skeleton of the figure, beyond the mechanics of gesture and geometry, there is a musical language within the human form. A skillfully and thoughtfully modeled sculpture can invoke this language to reveal unseen dimensions within the viewer to the viewer. Exploring the ancient tradition of classical art and mythology, my work speaks to the ageless marvels of the human spirit, from the nobility of hope, to the awakening of silence and the emancipation of love.
Thomas Randolph Morrison won his first commission to design and sculpt a monument of Archangel Gabriel for the 1992 Hollywood Pictures film Passed Away during his first year of art school. Morrison’s curriculum vitae now spans over two decades and includes hundreds of commissioned works for; Time Warner, Universal, Disney, The City of Los Angeles, The Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, the Audubon Nature Institute, the Cincinnati Zoo, most major New Orleans Mardi Gras parades, hotels, casinos, restaurants, theme parks, motion pictures, private collectors, and other fine artists including George Dureau. In a 2005 article about his award-winning Krewe of Hermes Mardi Gras parades, Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash described Morrison’s monumental figures: “like the folks on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel.” A complete collection of the sculptor’s naturalistic bronze nudes is on permanent public display at The Morrison Exhibit at 1507 Magazine Street, New Orleans, where the artist works in his studio and welcomes visitors.
“Morrison is not the sort of sculptor who has struggled on without an appreciative audience. His gigantic classical carvings of a fearsome sea god, buxom goddess, imposing satyr, electrified dragon and other mythological characters are well-known to the crowds that line the Uptown parade route on the Friday before Mardi Gras. As a vice president of Royal Artists, Morrison was, for the past decade, the aesthetic force behind the splendid Mystic Krewe of Hermes parade.”—Doug MacCash, Art Critic, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Inspired by mythology, theology, classical literature, and the mysterious beauty of the human spirit, Morrison employs traditional sculpting techniques: originals are composed in river clay, then molded, and cast in bronze with the lost wax process. The artist is currently sculpting new original works to expand the public exhibit, and creating limited edition castings of his sculptures for private bronze collectors.
Morrison is a member of the National Sculpture Society, the International Sculpture Center, the Arts Council of New Orleans, and publishes Art, Artists and Artistry, a free online resource for artists and art lovers.