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The Art of Dean Morrissey

Dean Morrissey has been drawing and creating characters since his childhood in Boston. Inspired by Disney matte paintings and comic book heros early on, he grew to appreciate the works of the masters, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pyle and N.C. Wyeth.

Morrissey worked a variety of job until deciding to paint full time in the late 1970’s. He worked as a freelance book cover illustrator fo ... Read More

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St. Nicholas: Work Day’s End
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The Crimson Comet

Storyteller and artist Dean Morrissey brings his boundless imagination to his latest splendidly detailed canvas. He explains of “The Crimson Comet,” “It is an adventure story about a five-year-old girl named Nora who has talked to the moon ever since she could remember. Often Nora would drop off to sleep right in the middle of the conversation. But on this night, as she was listing some of the things about being five that she was not particularly happy about, the moon suddenly blinked out like a bulb in a giant nightlight. Afraid of the dark, Nora runs to her eight-year-old big brother Jack, who, secretly, just so happens to be a superhero called “The Crimson Comet.” In a panic, Nora explains what has happened and Jack swings into action. Within minutes, the pair is soaring off into the night sky on his magic vehicle in search of the dark moon. The story of this journey is about the power of imagination and how these kids use it to resolve a dreadful situation. Their job is nothing short of returning celestial elements to their natural order in the universe, and, let’s face it, you just can’t do that without a healthy dose of imagination.”

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Santa: Packed and Ready
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Ship of Dreams (Collector’s Set)

When Joey went to bed that night he was determined to stay awake so he could see the Sandman. His friend, Henry, said that he had seen the Sandman and Joey didn’t want to be left out. As he lay in bed, fighting to keep his eyes open, Joey imagined what meeting the Sandman would be like ….

Dean Morrissey’s charming story follows Joey on his journey through the star-filled night to meet the Sandman, a voyage filled with excitement and delight. Joey sails off in his specially-adapted wagon, the Redd Rocket, on a flight of discovery followed step-by-step in Morrissey’s magically vivid realistic paintings. The boy’s adventure, his exhilarating fall through the sky and heart-stopping rescue, his discovery of the Sandman’s amazing ship and the secrets contained aboard it, all add up to a bedtime experience that children of all ages will cherish again and again.

Includes the Ship of Dreams book

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Ben Franklin Patriot and Renaissance Man

“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.

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The Promise of Peace and Tranquility – Father Christmas During the Civil War

Add a little patriotic spirit to your Christmas celebration this year with Dean Morrissey’s “The Promise of Peace and Tranquility.” After all, the holidays are the time when we focus on all we share and the blessings we have in common in this great country.

During the Civil War, artist Thomas Nast created a Yuletide first: a gift bearing Father Christmas visiting front-line troops, handing gifts out to soldiers and children. Nearly all the elements he included in that 1862 drawing of Santa continue to this day: his sleigh pulled by reindeer, a long white beard, a furry hat, collar and belt. Truly, the iconic American Santa. Thomas Nast’s 1862 vision of a star-spangled Father Christmas embodied the spirit of a unified and prosperous nation in the face of the divisive Civil War.

What Dean Morrissey has so remarkably brought to full-color life is just how striking that star-spangled was and how timely the thought of a unified country can be. What could be better in the coming Christmas season than knowing Santa’s pulling for the red, white and blue, too?

This is the first in a series of paintings Morrissey will be doing on the history of Father Christmas and certainly a definitive holiday statement if there ever was one. Dean Morrissey’s magical work shows that the spirit of Christmas and country never go out of style. Order your canvas or paper fine art edition today and enjoy the “The Promise of Peace and Tranquility¯Father Christmas During the Civil War” for years to come.

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Study for Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator

In November 1864, President Lincoln was re-elected despite widespread war-weariness in the North. Sherman’s recent capture of Atlanta gave hope that the Civil War was near its end. The Great Emancipator nickname referred to Lincoln’s 1862 Emancipation Proclamation, a sweeping political move that freed slaves in territories not already under Union control.

Artist Dean Morrissey’s moving portrait captures the President at the close of the Civil War contemplating an unknown future for the United States. Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, a mere five days after Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. He died the next morning. The Great Emancipator, done with his earthly, practical duties, entered the realm of hero and legend.

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Father Christmas: The Workshop

“We all know about Santa Claus and his annual circumnavigation of the globe,” says the artist. “It’s quite a feat by any standard. But what is a bit less explored is what Santa does the other 364 days of the year. All year long and right up to Christmas Eve, Santa is a toymaker extraordinaire. He’s up to his elbows in a labor of love, turning out magical toys at a pace and of a quality unparalleled in the world. With this portrait, I depicted the master craftsman engaged in his work. Hearing the bell above the door, he looks up to greet his visitor. Perhaps the visitor is us, come to catch a glimpse of the making of magic.”

Here at The Greenwich Workshop, the holiday season doesn’t begin until we unwrap a box from artist Dean Morrissey to reveal the year’s painting of Father Christmas. Over the past ten years we have had the pleasure of publishing Morrissey’s portraits of a very real, wise and generous man that just happens to be Santa Claus. In “Father Christmas: The Workshop,” he’s putting in a few hours after dinner, with a couple of industrious elves for companionship and help with the finishing touches. Why not let this picture of a twinkle-eyed craftsman decorate your home for the holidays this year?

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Father Christmas: The Sleigh Ride

More exciting than a nip of frost in the air, more highly anticipated than the first snow, is the arrival of Dean Morrissey’s latest creation in his Father Christmas series featuring none other than the worldly traveler with a merry twinkle in his eye.

It’s Christmas Eve and the reindeer are in harness, the sleigh is filled to bursting with gifts. Circumnavigating the earth is a rare enough feat but doing so in the course of one blustery winter night, while making countless deliveries all the way around, is nothing short of remarkable. With his book of names and his sextant tucked nearby for ready reference and celestial navigation, Santa slaps the reins and his enchanted journey begins.

“I wanted to give a little of my sense of the character and the kind of wonder that surrounds him,” says Morrissey, “both for kids and for grown-ups. Father Christmas is like Frosted Flakes® — a lot of adults don’t admit that they still love ’em.”

This lavish portrait of Father Christmas in action is sure to be a magical holiday gift for believers of all ages.

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Preparing for the Journey

There comes a point on Christmas Eve when all the bustling activity at the North Pole begins to slow. The reindeer are in harness, the runners waxed, the sleigh is filled to bursting with gifts. Dusk conquers day and the elves take their place on the sleigh. When all is in readiness, the Old Fellow takes his moment of pause. No one asks why, for they know he is consumed with the enormous job at hand. Suddenly his face breaks with a rosy grin and he deftly swings up onto his sleigh. With a crack of the reins, Christmas begins anew . . . .

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Portrait of Father Christmas

More invigorating than the first nip of frost in the air, more uplifting than colored lights in the neighborhood trees, more highly anticipated than a snow day, is Dean Morrissey’s annual tribute to Santa Claus. This elegant portrait celebrates the quiet joy of the holiday season, with Saint Nick seemingly captured in a moment of contemplation mere minutes before setting out on his celebrated annual route through the skies.

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The Magic Door

Perched on the harbor in Old Bridgeport Village is “The Magic Door,” a mysterious shop owned by toy maker and inventor Sam Thacher. His emporium is named after the magical door – the ancient, padlocked one you see behind him –a portal through which Sam plans to some day retire from the real world to a world of imagination, a place called the Great Kettles. When Sam’s friend Father Christmas comes calling, however, he learns he’ll be embarking on this adventure sooner than he thinks . . .

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Redd Rocket

In 1994, Dean Morrissey published his illustrated children’s book “Ship of Dreams,” the story of a young boy’s voyage with the Sandman across the night sky. The book was an instant success, winning praise from “People” magazine, “The New York Times Book Review” and others. In the years since its publication “Ship of Dreams” has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into several languages.

“Redd Rocket” brings together all the best features of a Dean Morrissey painting: rich, deep colors; fastidious attention to texture and detail; skilled composition and a little touch of storytelling magic. It will make a timeless and festive addition to any holiday (or year-round!) collection.

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Solarus the Wizard

Just in time for the season of magic comes “Solarus the Wizard.” His twinkling gaze invites you into his study, where you may find anything from sky-sailing ships to atlases of lands beyond the ends of the earth. This richly colored portrait will make a magical holiday gift for any lover of fantasy. Just hang “Solarus the Wizard” to instantly transfigure any room into your very own school of witchcraft and wizardry.

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The Weathermill

Contrary to modern meteorology, the winter storms that blanket the Northern Hemisphere of our planet originate in a castle called Weathermore, high atop a mountain in the land of the Great Kettles. Out on a terrace overlook of the castle stands the Weathermill, a very complex and temperamental machine that creates all our winter storms. Old Man Winter plays the Weathermill like a towering pipe organ, composing blizzards, flurries, dustings . . . all of it. Sometimes he can be heard singing as he works: “Snow driving heavy or drifting like a feather, I’m always at my best when I’m brewin’ stormy weather.”

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The Bounty

This abundant and lavishly beautiful feast would set a wonderful mood in any dining room without further explanation. But do you remember that one of the major themes in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is to be careful not to miss out on life’s bounty as it occurs around us? Or, that the messenger of this particular tiding is the Ghost of Christmas Present? But as we said, we think this abundant and beautiful feast would set a wonderful mood in any dining room without further explanation.

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A Christmas Carol

Scrooge 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.

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Father Christmas

This is the real Father Christmas . . . a worldly traveler with a merry twinkle in his eye. Father Christmas is just one of the lavish images author/artist Dean Morrissey created for his new book “The Christmas Ship” (Harper Collins) which has sailed into bookstores.

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The Voyage of the Fianna

A legendary Celtic adventurer with the ability to travel through time, Finn MacCool was the greatest leader of the Fianna, the military elite of ancient Ireland responsible for guarding the High King. An unruly band, the Fianna were challenged by Finn to become models of chivalry and justice. The stories of Finn inspired many narrative poems and ballads, playing an important part in the Celtic literary renaissance. Some argue that the tales of the Fianna are the basis of the legends for the Knights of the Round Table. In Dean Morrissey’s “The Voyage of the Fianna,” we find the inspirational hero Finn sailing through the sea of time.

Following in the regal footsteps of the recent runaway successes of “Anna of the Celts” and the “Celtic King,” Morrissey’s Celtic canvases bring a sense of pride and dignity to any surrounding.

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The Piper of Tir n’Og

The famed warrior Finn goes on a quest into Tir n’ Og (pronounced tear-ah-naug), the Celtic land of eternal youth and happiness. At the end of his stay, he persuades an enchanted bagpiper to leave paradise and journey with him back to the world to join the Fianna (military elite of ancient Ireland) as their piper. His enchanted pipes stir the troops and summon their spirits to the task, defending the Celtic realm from any and all enemies. The piper travels with Finn for a time, but grows restless, tells Finn that the Fianna do not need him to play in order to fight and that his ability is needed elsewhere. Finn releases him and for the next 300 years he roams the Celtic lands, his music awakening people to seek out the beauty and grace which lives within them.

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Danu of the Celts

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.

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Checking it Twice

“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.

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Anna of the Celts

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.

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Celtic King

“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 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.

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The Chieftans

Following in the regal footsteps of the recent runaway successes “The Celtic King” and “Anna of the Celts,” we are pleased to present the next Celtic-themed fine art edition from artist Dean Morrissey. In a departure from portraiture, this action-packed scene features a pair of chieftains riding together to fend off their Viking enemies. It is set in the Dark Ages (circa 875 AD) when 250 Celtic kingdoms, each ruled by their own chieftain, extended from Ireland into Scotland and southern England. After years of being raided by the Vikings, the chieftains realized they were easy prey on their own but by joining forces in fighting their foe they would have a better chance. The chieftains were so successful in their combined efforts that the advance of the Viking hordes was halted and their expulsion from the Celtic kingdoms began.

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One Christmas Eve

This warm and welcoming scene conveys the adage “it is better to give than to receive” as a young girl waits up for Santa to give him a present. What would Santa need most? A globe of course! This child wants to help him find his way to everyone on his route and she is quite confident that this will do the trick. For everyone who loves the giving of gifts more than the getting, this charming limited edition will bring joy for years to come.

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