Morris Broderson Biography

Morris Broderson




Morris Gaylord Broderson was born in Los Angeles, California on November 4, 1928. A painter/printmaker he worked in oil, watercolor and pastel, primarily painting realistic still-lifes of the objects he assembled. Rich in color and pattern these passionate paintings reveal his concern with man's emotional response to the world around him. 

Deaf at birth, he attended Berkeley School for the Deaf (CSD) in Berkeley, California where he began dabbling in art., Broderson began to teach himself how to draw.  At the age of fourteen, his aunt, gallery owner—Joan Ankrum— took an interest in his artistic ability and, after helping him to  further his talent, called the director of the Pasadena Art Institute, Francis DeErdeley. DeErdeley recognized Broderson’s talent and agreed to mentor him, eventually encouraging him to leave junior high to attend University of Southern California where DeErdeley taught.

Throughout his twenties, Broderson supported himself as a janitor at local racetracks and as a photographer's assistant until his first solo show in Laguna Beach. Broderson's work ranges from oils, watercolors and pastels to lithographs. Well known for incorporating embroideries, Asian motifs, porcelain, lace and floral designs into his artwork, Broderson also works on several paintings at the same time.

In his early paintings, allegorical themes such as the Crucifixion, poet Garcia Lorca and Kabuki legends prevail. Later, he depicted both exotic and common objects, flowers, embellished vases, textiles and some portraiture. The images are almost fantasy, saturated with a multitude of associations and references.

The artist was educated at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His awards include New Talent USA from Art in America, and First Prize and Purchase at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He exhibited at the M.H. De Young Museum, San Francisco, and the University of Arizona, Tucson. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., among others.

 Morris Broderson died in Van Nuys, California on January 5, 2011