The artwork of Dean Morrissey weaves a delightful fabric from the threads of reality and imagination. With shifts and spins of perspective, Morrissey's art enters the province of enchantment and adventure.
crooge was a miser. His money was his life. Then, one Christmas Eve, Scrooge received a trio of visitors who showed him not only the true meaning of Christmas, but the true meaning of life. Morrissey’s painting depicts London, circa 1843, when Dickens first published the story. The offices of Scrooge and Marley are in fact the pub in the city where Dickens reportedly did a great deal of writing. As Scrooge leaves for home on that fateful Christmas Eve he seemingly heads away from the light and joy of the holiday represented by both the carolers and a Father Christmas further down the street. Yet, these are actually his first steps towards redemption. This is a piece art destined to become one of your family’s Christmas heirlooms and holiday traditions.
During medieval times in the Celtic world, Christianity may have been on the rise but many held onto their beliefs in traditional gods and goddesses. Anna was the figure they looked toward to protect them in battle. She represented loyalty, purity of spirit, and courage of conviction.
Battle was often waged by very loyal, bands of knights against marauding invaders, such as the Vikings or Normans. It was believed that those who died valiantly in battle would be escorted by Anna to the next world. A
fallen king’s targ (or shield) in hand and claymore (sword) nearby, Anna awaits her new charges.
“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing,” wrote Benjamin Franklin. He certainly did both, becoming the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential person in creating the type of society America would become. During his 84-year life, Franklin rose from runaway apprentice to become America’s best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, business strategist and favorite Founding Father. Dean Morrissey’s portrait of Franklin depicts the great statesman with a few of his well known inventions and inquiries. Behind him is his Glass Armonica, a musical instrument comprised of thirty-seven glass bowls mounted horizontally on an iron spindle. The whole spindle turned by means of a foot pedal. The sound was produced by touching the rims of the bowls with water moistened fingers. Each rim was painted different color according to the pitch of the note. He is working on is his map of the Gulf Stream, which he was the first to chart and name. He noticed that mail packets sailing from England would often take weeks more to make the same trip as a merchant vessel. After consulting with experienced ship captains he created his chart so eastbound ships could avoid sailing against the three miles per hour current. The key is from his experiment to prove that lightning was, indeed, electricity. In a letter describing the 1750 experiment he noted, “When rain has wet the kite twine so that it can conduct the electric fire freely, you will find it streams out plentifully from the key at the approach of your knuckle.” He was also proposed that what was then known as “vitreous” and "resinous" electricity were not different types of "electrical fluid” (as electricity was called then), but the same electrical fluid under different pressures. He was the first to label these as “positive” and “negative” flows. He is known as the father of the bifocal, because of a famous drawing he made of his glasses in 1784, but there is much evidence that he had created them long before that. As early as 1775 the Philadelphia optician who made his glasses references bifocals in his writings and a 1779 letter and bill from his optician in Paris, France apologizes for the delay in delivering his order because he broke numerous lenses while cutting, not grinding, the glass. Dean Morrissey’s "Ben Franklin: Patriot and Renaissance Man" celebrates the intelligence and natural curiosity that drove Franklin’s search to continually discover ways to make things work better. It was only natural that when such a great and energetic mind focused on the problem of colonial exploitation such great things would come to pass.
“In the glint of early dawn, a Celtic King awaits a messenger from the coastal bluffs, bearing what he hopes will be good news,” says Dean. “All people of the shire have been drawn within the castle walls, however, loyal knights are mounted and in ready. A king must be prepared for other possibilities.”
Following in the regal footsteps of the recent runaway success with Anna of the Celts, we are pleased to present the perfect companion piece from creator Dean Morrissey. This Celtic King brings a sense pride and dignity to any surrounding.
Third in the “Father Christmas” Series
Stephen“Don’t load any coal on the sleigh tonight lads,” announced Father Christmas, donning his coat and sack. Scooping up the long scroll, he added “I’ve checked the list twice and lo and behold, all the children were good!”
An elf piped up,“Wonderful news, Sir! But we never load any coal.”
“Sh-u-us-h now,” replied the jolly old fellow with a smile.“Time’s awasting. Let’s hitch up the team and be off.We’ve got our work cut out for us this Christmas Eve!”
Checking It Twice is the third in artist Dean Morrissey’s series of lavish images inspired by the real Father Christmas ... a worldly traveler with a merry twinkle in his eye.
She stands regally, alone in the woods, clad in both chain-mail armor and red robes embellished with gold. The dual nature of her character is evident; she is both sovereign and goddess, mother and warrior, priestess and protectress. She is Danu, the Celtic mother goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann, a tribe of gods and demi-gods in pre-Christian Ireland. With Danu of the Celts, artist Dean Morrissey continues his successful series of Celtic figures and subjects, which has previously included The Celtic King, Anna of the Celts, The Voyage of the Fianna and The Piper of Tir n’ Og. Dean Morrissey has captured the fierce independent spirit of the Irish people in Danu of the Celts, making it a beautiful gift for anyone with an interest in Irish or Celtic mythology.