Morbillo was born in Queens and grew up on Long Island, but when it was time to strike out he headed for the wild. It’s a journey that generations of artists have taken to reach New Mexico: from East to West, from urban to rural life.
“I’m from New York, where a lot of what you experience is manmade landscapes,”
“Growing up in the East, the landscape is covered. Here, the land is exposed,” Morbillo says. “The daylight is really crisp. You see the ridges and the drainages as opposed to the outlines of land features.” The swooping lines of the desert canyons soon found their way into the artist’s bronze and steel sculptures, with glass elements capturing the glow of the sky.
In NEW HORIZONS: Focus on Landscapes, Morbillo’s latest sculptures appear beside landscape-inspired paintings and prints by contemporary and historic artists including Jamie Chase, Barbara Brock, Fremont Ellis and William Lumpkins.
“You’d be surprised by how our ideas can intersect, just by working in this place,” Morbillo says. Come see artistic philosophies unite under the Southwestern sun in the Matthews Gallery’s NEW HORIZONS: Focus on Landscapes (http://thematthewsgallery.com/
The Matthews Gallery shows distinctive European and American masters from the 19th and 20th centuries and contemporary art by mid-career and established artists.