Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Joseph Clayes III Gallery

Joseph Clayes III Gallery


Trio: Richard Allen Morris, Allam Morrow, Tom Driscoll

March 31 - May 5, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 6:30-8:30 PM


The Athenaeum is pleased to present a group show of three of San Diego’s most well-respected artists, Richard Allen Morris, Allan Morrow and Tom Driscoll. The three will present recent drawings (Morris), paintings (Morrow) and sculpture (Driscoll) in the Athenaeum’s Joseph Clayes III and Rotunda galleries.


Richard Allen Morris, born in Long Beach 1933, has lived in San Diego for many years. For the Athenaeum, Morris presents his most recent abstract black and white drawings. As described in the Daros Catalog for the exhibition Painted! in Zurich Switzerland, the work of Richard Allen Morris is “disrespectful, bold, downright fresh and always full of painterly bravura, he transforms his own, sometimes bizarre, world theater into painting and drawing.” Richard Allen Morris is represented by: R.B. Stevenson Gallery in La Jolla, California USA


A native of San Diego, Tom Driscoll has exhibited at Quint Gallery, MCASD, Ice Gallery among many other institutions. He will exhibit most recent Knot Series of sculpture. Tom comments, "Most of us often tie a knot or two for utilitarian purposes, except I got a little carried away. Sitting in an arm chair with several feet of foam coil material I would “go to town” - working the coil in and out, under and over, ending with a cinch. After one of these tying sessions, I would have a pile of knots on the studio floor. The use of tools is not part of the process."


Allan Morrow was born in Spokane, WA and relocated to San Diego in 1953. He started drawing at an early age painted and silk-screened ribbons and banners in high school and was recruited by the Art Center College of Design. In 1970, he was drafted by the U.S Army and served with the 101st Airborne 2/506 Infantry in Vietnam.


After his Honorable Discharge, he pursued his desire to create Art at Mesa and City College. He graduated with a B.A. in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University. His art has been exhibited internationally and in nationally recognized institutions such at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, and the San Diego Central Library.


Allan will present his Baja Series of paintings. He remarks, "The Baja series of paintings and drawings began in1975 after several fishing trips to Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico. The “Baja” series was in part inspired by the desert landscape to and from LA bay as well as all the trips into the deserts of the southwest. The aerial perspective was influenced by hundreds of helicopter flights with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. Using an aerial perspective and removing the horizon line flattens the picture plane. In effect the landscape is transformed and flatten into a abstracted painting that represents the visual sound of the desert."