William Morehouse, "#9" 1965 14 x 19 X 6

William Morehouse Painter, Printmaker, Teacher (1929-1993)

" I would like the viewer to be able to enter the painting from anywhere, and to experience it as a painting foremost - as a physical surface of strokes, marks, colors and forms - without getting caught up in the trickery of illusion; perhaps in that way I can transmit the passionate, the essentially spiritual, raw transformational gut-level experience of seeing the world out there, and within, with fresh eyes"
William Morehouse 1993



Foam, Oil, Acrylic
""Oil, Foam, Acrylic" 1966 28 x 22.5

William Morehouse
William Morehouse, 1965 "Night Flowers",
work on paper, artist proof, 21 x 18 .


1947-50 California School of Fine Arts
1953 California College of Arts and Crafts
1953-54 San Francisco Art Institute BFA
1954-56 San Francisco State University MA

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1996 William Morehouse: The Chinois Paintings,
King/Heller Gallery, Bodega, Ca
1995 William Morehouse, A Memorial Exhibition,
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, Ca
1994 The Coffee Ground Series, King/Heller Gallery,
1994 Landscape Envisioned, Paintings "En Plein Air"
Bradford Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
1993 Landscape Paintings, Olga Dollar Gallery, San
1991 California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, Ca
1987 SFMOMA Rental Gallery, San Francisco
1986 Gannon Gallery, Bismark, North Dakota
1984 South of Market Cultural Center, San Francisco
1983 Oberon Gallery, Napa
1982 Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco
1980 John Bolles Gallery, Santa Rosa, Ca
1979 Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston
Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Ca
1978 Kingswood Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1977 William Morehouse: The Subway Series
( An Evolution of an Idea), San Jose Museum of Art
1973 St Mary's College, Moraga, Ca
1969 Galeriea Carl Van der Voort, Ibiza, Spain
1967 Richmond Art Gallery, Ca
1965 Harbor Gallery, Oakland
1961 Realities Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
1960 Atherton Gallery, Menlo Park, Ca
1958 6 Gallery, San Francisco
John Bolles Gallery, New York City
1954 Telegraph Gallery, San Francisco

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2005 Bakers Dozen, Quicksilver Mine Company, Forestville, Ca
2004 Absurd, Silly and Surreal, 14th Rotation, Next Level
Communications, A Motorola Company, Rohnert Park
2003 12th ROTATION, Honoring the Art of Ruth Dicker, Next
Level Communications, A Motorola Company, Rohnert Park
2002 Bred in the Bone, William and Jack Morehouse,
The "A" Street Gallery, Santa Rosa, Ca
2001 Passing the Gift, The Legacy of 9 Sonoma County
Artists, SoFo Gallery, "A" Street Gallery, Santa
Rosa, Ca
2001 Retro, Next Level Communications, A Motorola Company,
Rohnert Park
1997 Bradford Gallery, San Francisco
1993 Cross Country - Plein Air Painting, Sonoma Four
Plein Air Painting Tour, The Century Club, NYC
1992 En Plein Air, The Sonoma Four, John Berggruen
Gallery, San Francisco
1991 Plein Air Painting-Sonoma Four, Dominican
College, San Rafael, Ca
1990 Lyrical Vision: The 6 Gallery, 1954-1956,
Natsoulas-Novelozo Gallery, Davis, Ca
1989 Plein Air Painting- The Sonoma Four, J. Noblett
Gallery, Sonoma, Ca
San Francisco 1950, Natsoulos Novelozo Gallery,
Davis, Ca
1986 Works on Paper, Traveling Brazilliam University
Art Gallery
1985 American Abstraction, Four Currents, Louis Meisel
Gallery, New York City
1983 Art Colab, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York City
1982 Group Show, Women's Cultural Center, Palo Alto, Ca
1981 Sculpture Conference Show, University Art
Museum, Berkeley
1976 The Hieronymous Bosch Project, University of St.
Thomas, Houston, Texas
1975 Artist Soap Box Derby, San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art
1973 A Period of Exploration, 1945-50, Oakland
Museum of Art
1970 National Drawing Exhibition, SFMOMA
1966 Funk, University Art Museum, Berkeley
1960 Recent Trends in San Francisco Painting and Sculpture,
1959 1959 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
1958 The Painted Flower Exhibition, Oakland
1957 1959 1961 Phelan Awards, California Palace of the Legion of
Honor, San Francisco
1955 San Francisco Art Association Painting and Sculpture
Annual, San Francisco Museum of Art
1954 Younger American Painters, Solomon Guggenheim Museum,
New York City
1953 Richmond Art Center Annual Exhibition, Richmond, Ca
1950 New Directions, California School of Fine Art, San Francisco
1949 Northern California Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, Los Angeles


Younger American Painters, James Johnson Sweeney, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 1956, illus.,cat.
Painters Behind Painters, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, Ca, 1967, illust.,cat.
Funk, Peter Selz, University Art Museum, Berkeley, Ca, 1967, illus.,cat
An Age of Exploration, Mary Fuller McChesney, Oakland Art Museum, 1973, text and illus.
Art of the Future, D.M.Davis, Praeger, NY
The Sunshine Muse, Peter Plagens, Praeger, NY
Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, 1984, illus.,index
Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980, Thomas Albright, University of California Press, 1985, text and index
The Six Gallery, San Francisco, Novelozo Natsoulas, Cat.,text&illus., Davis, Ca, 1960
Plein Air Painting, cat.,text & illus., 1991
Cross Country, Essay by Phil Linhares, Curator of Art, Oakland Museum, cat., text, illus., 1993
En Plein Air, John Berggruen Gallery, Essay by Phil Linares, Chief Curator of Art, Oakland Museum, cat.,text, illus.,1992
William Morehouse A Memorial Exhibition, Essay by John Fitzgibbon, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, 1995, text, cat. illus.1995
Visions, Art Quarterly Magazine, Spring 1992, text,illus.

Public Collections:

Yale University Graphics Collection, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Oakland Museum of Art
University Art Museum, Berkeley
Museo de Arte Moderno, Spain
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC
San Francisco Art commission
Sarah Lawrence College, NY
Smith college Museum of Art, MA
Lytton collection of California Art
First International Bank, Houston, TX
Amax Corporation, San Jose
United Gas and Pipeline Corporation, Houston, TX
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA


William Morehouse, ""Oil, Foam, Acrylic" 1966