Amuri Morris

Artist bio

I’m a contemporary realist, inspired by the classical realism of still life and portraiture. My portraiture focuses on the manifestation of identity, particularly black identity. My other works focus on the manifestation of an ethereal viewing experience from simplified subject matter. I want to capture something extraordinary in the ordinary. Currently, I’m a painting and art education double major at Virginia Commonwealth University. I’m committed to art because it's my vehicle for my individual journey of exploration and discovery. For me, the paintbrush in my hand allows the boundary between the imaginary and reality to fade away. My passion for art is the reason I want to enter my field as an art teacher and a studio artist. Throughout the years I have acquired several artistic accolades. I have won an award from the National Society of Art and Letters, the Whitaker Watercolor Foundation, The Congressional Black Caucus, Scholastics, Young Arts, AIGA, and so on.





Artist Statement

I’m a contemporary realist, inspired by the classical realism of still life and portraiture. The craftsmanship of painting is very important to me. The paintings I create are a result of years spent honing my artistic skills, and studying techniques of past artists, as well as contemporary artists.

How it fits into contest

The spiritual Battle Found in Ephesians 6:10-20 describes how God wants us to be strong in Him because we are in a spiritual battle against the powerful forces of darkness. This spiritual battle is the war against spiritual forces. My painting embodies this because my subject, Julie, is unafraid to confront this battle. She gazes unwaveringly directly into the eyes of these dark forces, ready to abide by the word of God.


I, Amuri Morris, was the only person involved in the creation and painting of this piece. I started with a sketch on canvas paper and then I painted over it with oil paints to create the image.

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