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Galería Izamal Welcomes Bill Morrow

San Miguel de Allende steet. Ink. Bill Morrow

By Henry Vermillion

Suppose a friend invited you to see the artworks of a longshoreman-turned-artist. What would you expect? Perhaps Jackson Pollock-style expressionism? Perhaps graffiti-style street art? Gritty social criticism?

Galería Izamal Welcomes Bill Morrow
Sat, Mar 19, 6–8pm
Galería Izamal
Mesones 80

Au contraire. The artist Bill Morrow was a longshoreman for 42 years, a member of the International Longshoreman´s and Warehouseman’s Union (ILWU), and a waterfront foreman for 24 years, but his art is far removed from Pollock or graffiti.

The opening reception of his work will be at Galeria Izamal on Saturday, March 19, from 6 to 8 pm.

Morrow’s work is based on closely observed details of the real world: the tiny rungs of a ladder in the foreground of a vast cityscape of San Miguel done in detail with pen or pencil or the delicate traceries of a graceful arced Venetian bridge done in watercolor.

Bill grew up in Vancouver, BC, in a working class family. His father worked on the railroad (he later became a longshoreman, as did Bill´s brother). At the age of nineteen, Bill began working on the Vancouver docks as a laborer. All the while, he drew and painted, using his inborn natural talent. He has shown widely and is a member of the Canadian Artists Federation.

In his current show at Galería Izamal, his detailed pen and pencil drawings predominate but are leavened by several watercolors based on his travels in Europe and Mexico. Most of the small black and white drawings can be spotted by locals as to exact location because of the minute details included.

Galería Izamal is one of the premier galleries of San Miguel and the oldest cooperative gallery. It was founded in 1992 and is located at Mesones 80, next door to the Ángela Peralta Theater. The work of Izamal members Maria Bracho, Juan Ezcurdia, Mary Jo Dolle, Javier Garcia, Leslie Jakobovitz (who will have an opening show in two weeks), Roberto López Fuentevilla, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist can also be seen.


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