ROBERT LEE MORRIS
GALLERY

Just uncovered a pair of belts that are on hold for a collector. From my earliest days in the city, maybe 28yrs and full of apocalyptic visions that haunt me still..My jewelry was my way to vent the turmoil of emotions I felt in the world even back then…1972-1977-so militant (having been raised on USAF bases my whole life, khaki jewelry made sense to me. Armor, street wear for such times as now.

Just uncovered a pair of belts that are on hold for a collector. From my earliest days in the city, maybe 28yrs and full of apocalyptic visions that haunt me still..My jewelry was my way to vent the turmoil of emotions I felt in the world even back then…1972-1977-so militant (having been raised on USAF bases my whole life, khaki jewelry made sense to me. Armor, street wear for such times as now. ...

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A snapshot of my studio background, where I stash layers of ideas into compositions of images to make a collection of thoughts textures colors emotions INTENTIONS directions culture blending so this is like an image board but 3D . Crop Circle designs cut by hand out of sheet nickel and brass towering over a collection of antique Phoenician spearheads in verdigris, a powerful necklace from a distant 80s collection. Etc etc etc.

A snapshot of my studio background, where I stash layers of ideas into compositions of images to make a collection of thoughts textures colors emotions INTENTIONS directions culture blending so this is like an image board but 3D . Crop Circle designs cut by hand out of sheet nickel and brass towering over a collection of antique Phoenician spearheads in verdigris, a powerful necklace from a distant 80s collection. Etc etc etc. ...

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Wow what a nice surprise! To have such an articulate article come out from #weareageist 
Magazine for baby boomers !!

Wow what a nice surprise! To have such an articulate article come out from #weareageist
Magazine for baby boomers !!
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Archie Morris, beloved mascot of the gallery in all his cutitude. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas Eve. Thanking everyone for visiting my pages here. Today reached 1900! And that's with me being a troglodyte with social media mechanics. Whew!😘

Archie Morris, beloved mascot of the gallery in all his cutitude. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas Eve. Thanking everyone for visiting my pages here. Today reached 1900! And that`s with me being a troglodyte with social media mechanics. Whew!😘 ...

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Best customer experience right here! One day years ago, I was fooling around in my West Broadway store and met this man who was wearing all these knuckle rings. I was so blown away by his personal style I had to take his photo. I am sorry to say I cannot remember his name but perhaps some kind person can identify him? I would love to tag him.

Best customer experience right here! One day years ago, I was fooling around in my West Broadway store and met this man who was wearing all these knuckle rings. I was so blown away by his personal style I had to take his photo. I am sorry to say I cannot remember his name but perhaps some kind person can identify him? I would love to tag him. ...

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A stack o bangles, ebony ones by Kris Ruhs and the silver by Tone Vigeland. Divine.

A stack o bangles, ebony ones by Kris Ruhs and the silver by Tone Vigeland. Divine. ...

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A sampling of my earrings. Notice the many ideas directions materials and finishes without using any gemstones. Normally not using stones can hurt one’s commercial appeal but I trusted my instincts to stay away and focus on pure form and content. Many of these are on my website but there are just so many yet to be listed!

A sampling of my earrings. Notice the many ideas directions materials and finishes without using any gemstones. Normally not using stones can hurt one’s commercial appeal but I trusted my instincts to stay away and focus on pure form and content. Many of these are on my website but there are just so many yet to be listed! ...

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WELCOME TO MY MUSEUM & GALLERY OF COLLECTIBLE WOMEN’S AND MEN’S JEWELRY

Herein you will find the archives from the Robert Lee Morris personal collection that has been slowly gathered over a 52 year range, containing works of art to wear and adore. These are all original handmade pieces of stunning women and men’s jewelry that have been created to sell through ARTWEAR jewelry gallery. These pieces come from the many collections that Robert made for fashion designers such as Geoffrey Beene, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors and Kansai Yamamoto. Many of the archives have now been selling through fine art auctions and it is exciting to see how the original values have soared.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Review of THE POWER OF JEWELRY by Robert Lee Morris on AMAZON

Robert Lee Morris is unquestioningly one of the most innovative designers of body ornament of our time. Long noted for his distinctive fusion of primal forms, hand workmanship, and cutting edge sensibility, his organic pieces are enthusiastically sought by connoisseurs of high fashion around the world. This book written by the artist himself and profusely illustrated with examples of his work, presents the varied production of his design genius over the course of his career. The many images of Morris’s work in metal and stone will fascinate anyone interested in the history if design and will be an inspiration and will be an inspiration to collectors, designers and students alike. 

From Publishers Weekly

By the time he was 31, Morris had become one of the most influential jewelry designers in North America: his creations appeared all over fashion magazines like Vogue; his Manhattan jewelry store had become a favorite spot of celebrities like Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol; and his work was marching down the runways of Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Kansai Yamamoto and Donna Karan. In this coffee-table book cum memoir, Morris explains “how he grew from a self-taught jewelry designer to a recognizable brand name in such a relatively short time.” The designer, who is known for his “edgy blend of modern and tribal effects,” attributes his global sensibility to his college courses in anthropology and to his upbringing as an “Airforce brat.” He moved 23 times before he was 18 and lived for several years in Japan and Brazil. But its clear that the mainsprings of Morris’ success are his joyful, single-minded focus on his work and his savvy entrepreneurial spirit. Though his book contains asides on his marriage, his travels and his study of shamanism, it centers mostly on the origins of his signature creations, the development of the “designer jewelry” consumer niche in the 1970s and 80s, and the way he managed his brand “as if it were a wild horse in a rodeo.” Morris now designs up to 10 jewelry collections a year, and though the name-dropping can be a bit heavy-handed in spots, his memoir is full of friendly advice for young artists. Morris fans will appreciate this careful history, but readers unfamiliar with his designs may find themselves skipping pages to stare at the large, full-color photos of his smooth knuckle rings, gently bulging necklaces, mesh belts, herringbone collars and sensual bracelets. They are unlike anything else. 

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