Wounds of Existence

Jan 19, 2015

20624305_1_lSince the 1980s, Jim Morphesis has been one of the most influential members of the expressionist art movement in Los Angeles. The paintings of Morphesis engage with the universal themes of the self, life, death, myth, and spirituality in personal and meaningful ways.

Taking its title from what Friedrich Nietzsche called “the eternal wounds of existence,” Jim Morphesis: Wounds of Existence examines an impressive oeuvre that has captured the profound predicaments of human life.

Morphesis most often works serially, on imagery and themes as varied as the Passion of the Christ (influenced by his Greek Orthodox upbringing), nude torsos (inspired by Rembrandt and Soutine) and universal symbols of mortality, including skulls and roses.

His paintings of the Passion are grounded in art history,…but are made undeniably modern by his sensuous, textured surfaces. For the past four decades, his paintings have communicated a deep, universal concern with the dehumanization of society throughout history.(Official text)




Morphesis will be “In Dialogue” on January 25th, along with exhibition curator Peter Selz, Ph.D., and independent curator Howard N. Fox to discuss his oeuvre and its representation of life’s triumphs and tragedies.

Jim Morphesis: Wounds of Existence
In Dialogue, Sunday, Jan 25th, 1 p.m.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St., Pasadena 91101
Admission: $5-$7
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