The artwork of Dean Morrissey weaves a delightful fabric from the threads of reality and imagination. In his paintings, Morrissey utilizes a dynamic range of visual elements that are at once familiar and fantastic. With shifts and spins of perspective, Morrissey's art enters the province of enchantment and adventure.
Morrissey lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son. He has been creating pictures all his life, in one form or another. As a boy, Morrissey was inspired by stills, matte paintings and cells of Disney. He has since studied and been influenced by the work and techniques of many artists, particularly Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Morrissey was a freelance illustrator in New York for ten years - winning many awards and honors for his book cover illustrations for more than 15 publishers - a career he found demanding, instructive and rewarding. In the late 1970's he began pursuing a full-time career as a painter. Morrissey is also a writer, and has combined his talents in a new arena, having written and illustrated two best-selling children's books entitled Ship of Dreams, and The Great Kettles: A Tale of Time. A third book, The Christmas Ship, was released in the fall of 2000 and The Moon Robber, the first in the new Magic Door series, was released in June of 2001 .
pictures invite the viewer to suspend disbelief. “Sometimes,” says Morrissey,
“a painting suggest another realm, a place of peculiar machines, creations and
characters which can exist and function only when the imagination is engaged.
By combining diverse elements – light, shadow, color, and human warmth – I try
to create an accessible universe.”