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Eddie Morrison and limestone sculpted bear

Eddie Morrison Contact The Artist
Cherokee

Eddie Morrison specializes in creating three-dimensional works from wood, stone & bronze. His contemporary tradtional style also incorporates relief-carved images which give his work multiple layers of visual interest & meaning.

A Cherokee Indian born September 29, 1946 at the Claremore Indian Hospital, he was raised by his grandmother Jane Batt Brackett, a full-blood Cherokee Indian in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a degree in Three Dimensional Arts. Other classes included Art Student League of Denver and Marble Stone Carving.

Eddie's earliest artistic recollections were of his grandmother & aunt designing & crafting hand made quilts along with crocheted items. He remembers that "there was always someone doing something with wood" in his home & his surroundings. "My best friend's father would sit for hours on end carving pieces of wood into beautiful traditional bows & arrows, I believe I was more influenced by him than any other person about my feeling for wood. I was also greatly influenced by the great Apache artist, Allen Houser, who was a guest lecturer & teacher at the Art Student League of Denver." It was under Hauser's encouragement that he continued his studies on a more advanced level at The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Honors besides Outstanding Student in Three Dimensional Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, include awards won at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market as well as many other art shows throughout the United States. Eddie's work is in numerous private collections througout the United States & several public collections. His carvings & sculptures have also been displayed in the office of the Speaker of the House at the State Capitol building in Kansas & in the Capitol rotunda. Eddie was chosen as artist of the month in June 2000 by the American Indian Arts & Crafts Shop in the Department of Interior Building, Washington D.C. Eddie did a commissioned monument of the Chisolm Trail on the Kansas/Oklahoma border. His design was chosen for the first Christmas Ornament 2001, produced by the Chreokee Nation.

"My statement about my work is that I consider the natural forms of the wood & stone & believe in letting the material speak for itself & feel that they have their own stories to tell."

"Besides my own feelings & interpretations, my ideas & themes come from the philosophies of Indians about life, spirituality, respect for life, animals & all that is around us given to us by the Great Creator."

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Untitled
Kansas Limestone
Untitled
Oklahoma Limestone
Untitled
Oklahoma Limestone
Untitled
Oklahoma Limestone
Untitled
Red Cedar
3 Bears
Limestone
13" to 18"
Buffalo and Bear
Limestone
Bear 24"; Buffalo 10"x12"
Bearcaped Man
Red Cedar
16" tall
Bears
Red Cedar
10" tall and 6" tall
untitled sculpture
Limestone
42" tall
   


At a Glance
Mediums
 

Sculpture - wood, stone, bronze

 
 



 


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