William Paul Morehouse Biography

William Paul Morehouse




California Post-War artist William Paul Morehouse was born in San Francisco on May 27,1929 and divided much of his career between studios in Bodega Bay, California, and Manhattan. In his early formal education he was a teaching assistant to Clyfford Still at the California School of Fine Arts. Along with several classmates, he cofounded the Metart Galleries in the late 1940s, considered among the first of San Francisco's alternative art spaces.

Not long after graduation from the CSFA he joined the Army during the Korean War. He became a Master Sergeant and was released with a Purple Heart in 1953, at which point he enrolled in courses at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts). A transfer to the San Francisco Art Institute the following year led to his Bachelors in Fine Arts, and in 1954 he enrolled at San Francisco State University where in under two years he earned his MFA. He traveled to New York that same year to participate in the Young American Painters exhibition at the Guggenheim, along with Diebenkorn, deKooning, Motherwell, and Jackson Pollock. He soon began dividing his time between the two coasts. 

Morehouse eventually settled in Bodega Bay permanently, where he continued to paint as part of the group the "Sonoma Four" until very near his death on November 4 of 1993. 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1996 William Morehouse: The Chinois Paintings,King/Heller Gallery, Bodega, CA
1995 Willaim Morehouse, A Memorial Exhibition, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
1994 The Coffee Gound Series, King/Heller Gallery, Freestone, CA
1994 Landscape Envisioned, Paintings "En Plein Air" ,Bradford Gallery,
San Anselmor, CA
1994 William Morehouse: The Chinois Series,Hing -Heller Gallery, Bodega, CA
1993 Landscape Paintings, Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco
1991 California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA
1987 SFMOMA Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 Gannon Gallery, Bismark, ND
1984 South of Market Cultural Center, San Francisco
1983 Oberon Gallery, Napa, CA
1982 Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco
1980 John Bolles Gallery, Santa Rosa
1979 Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston
1979 Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa
1978 Kingswood Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1977 William Morehouse: The Subway Series (An Evolution of an Idea)
San Jose Museum of Art
1873 St Mary's College, Moraga, Ca
1969 Galeriea Carl Van der Voort, Ibiza, Spain
1967 Richmond Art Center, Richmond,Ca
1965 Harbor Gallery, Oakland, Ca
1961 Realities Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
1960 Atherton Gallery, Menlo Park, Ca
1958 6 Gallery, San Francisco
1958 John Bolles Gallery, San Francisco
1958 John Bolles Gallery, New York
1954 Telegraph Gallery, San Francisco

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2003 12th Rotation, Honoring the Art of Ruth Dicker, Next Level Communications, A Motorola Company, Rohnert Park, Ca
2002 Bred in the Bone, William and Jackie Morehouse, "A" Street Gallery, Santa Rosa, Ca
2001 Passing the Gift, The Legacy of 9 Sonoma County Artists, SoFo Gallery, "A" Street Gallery, Santa Rosa, Ca
2001 Retro, Next Level Communications A Motorola Company
1997 Bradford Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Cross Country, The Sonoma Four Plein Air Painting Tour,The Century Club,NY
1992 En Plein Air,The Sonoma Four John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Plein Air Painting, J.Noblett Gallery, Sonoma
1991 Landscapes Plus, Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Plein Air Painting-Sonoma Four, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA
1989 Plein Air Painting- Sonoma Four, J. Noblett Gallery, Sonoma CA
1989 San Francisco 1950 , Natsoulos Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA
1986 Works on Paper, Traveling Brazillian University Art Gallery
1985 American Abstraction, Four Currents, Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1983 Art Colab, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
1982 Group Show, Womens Cultural Center, New York, NY
1981 Sculpture Conference Show, University Art Museum, Berkely, CA
1976 The Hieronymous Bosch Project, University of St. Thomas, Houston
1975 Artist Soap Box Derby, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
1973 A Period of Exploration , 1945-50, Oakland Art Museum, CA
1970 National Drawing Exhibition, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
1966 Funk, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA and Boston Center for
Contemporary Art
1960 Recent Trends in San Francisco Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA, San
1959 1959 Annual Exhibition of Contemporaty American Painting, Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York
1957 1959 1961 Phelan Awanrds, California Palace of the Legion of Honor
San Francisco, CA
1953 Younger American Painters, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York

Younger American Painters, James Johnson Sweeney, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 1956, Illus.,cat.
Painters Behind Painters , California Palace of theLegion of Honor, San Francisco, CA.1967, Illus.,cat.
Funk,Peter Selz, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA,1967, Illus.,cat
An Age of Exploration, Mary Fuller McChesney, Oakland Art Museum, 1973,Text and Illus.
Art of the Future, D.M. Davis, Praeger,NY
The Sunshine Muse. Peter Plagens, Praeger, NY,
Collection of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, 1984, Illus.,Index
Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945 -1980, Thomas Albright, University of California Press, 1985, Text and Index
The Six Gallery, San Francisco, Novelozo Natsoulos, Cat., Text,& Illus., Davis, CA 1990
San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism,Susan Landauer, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA . Text & Index 1996
Plein Air Painting, Cat., Text & Illus. 1991
Cross Country , Essay by Phil Linhares, Curator of Art , Oakland Museum, Cat., Text, Illus. 1993
En Plein Air, John Berggruen Gallery , essay by Phil Linhares, Chief Curator of Art, Oakland Museum, cat.,Text, Illust. 1992
William Morehouse, A Memorial Exhibition, Essay by John Fitzgibbon, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, 1995 , text, cat. Illust.
Visions, Art Quarterly Magazine, Spring 1992, Text, Illust.

Public Collections:
Yale University Graphics Collection, Ny
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Art Museum,Oakland, CA
University Art Museum , Berkeley, CA
Museo de Art Moderno, Spain
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington DCs
San Francisco Art Commission, CA
Sarah Lawrence College, NY
Smith College Museum of Art, MA
Lytton Collection of California Art
First International Baqnk, Houston, TX
Amax Corporation, San Jose, CA
IBM Corporation, San Jose, CA
United Gas and Pipeline Corp., Houston, TX
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA