Desmond Morris


Desmond Morris : biography

24 January 1928 –
Solo Art Showings
Swindon Art Centre Swindon 1948
London Gallery London 1950
Ashmolean Museum Oxford 1952
Stooshnoff Fine Art London 1974
Quasrangle Gallery Oxford 1976
Wolfson College Oxford 1976
Lasson Gallery London 1976
Public Art Gallery Swindon 1977
Galerie d’Eendt Amsterdam 1978
Mayor Gallery London 1987
Shipee Gallery New York 1988
Keats Gallery Knokkle-le-Zoute 1988
Mayor Gallery London 1989
Mayor Gallery London 1991
Galerie Michele Heyraud Paris 1991
Public Art Galley Swindon 1993
Mayor Gallery London 1994
Public Art Galleries Stoke and Nottingham 1996
Mayor Gallery London 1997
Charleston Gallery Sussex 1997
Public Art Gallery Buxton 1997
Clayton Gallery Newcastle 1998
Keitelman Gallery Brussels 1998
Rossaert Gallery Antwerp 1998
Witteveen Gallery Amsterdam 1999


After receiving his doctoral degree from Oxford University, Morris continued on post-doctorally at Oxford University conducting research on the reproductive behavior of birds. After some time elapsed, including Morris’s move to London in 1956, he thence began a research project into the picture making abilities of apes. The following year of ’57 he organizes an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, all of paintings and drawings composed by chimpanzees. Later, in 1958 he co-organizes an interesting exhibition of which compared pictures made by the likes of infants, human adults, as well as apes. The event was called The Lost Image, it was held at the Royal Festival Hall in London. After assuming the position of Curator in 1959, Desmond’s upcoming years begin to fill with strings and strings of books to be released on the topics of animal behavior, art, many centering on the topic of human behavior, as well as comparisons to primates; viewing humanity as revolutionized from the hunter-gather to the city dweller. Morris Continues on publishing books covering infant behavior watching, as well as man watching, and watchings of various types of animals such as cats and dogs.

Morris’ works are published almost world wide. His first book that concerned actual human behavior was published in 1967 titled The Naked Ape a Zoologists study of the Human as an revolutionized animal,Morris, D. (1967). The naked ape; a zoologist’s study of the human animal ([1st American ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. of which gained more success than what had been anticipated. Following its success, in 1968 Morris moves to the Mediterranean island of Malta in order to focus on preparing a sequel as well as freely painting and other activities. Shortly thereafter, with books still continuously being published, in 1971 he opened his research headquarters in Malta. Specifically, in order to conduct research towards producing an encyclopedia of all human actions, more specifically, to classify all human action-patterns. However, in 1973 Desmond left Malta returning to work for the Nobel Prize winner Niko Tinbergen, in his research group studying animal behavior, with the department of Zoology at Oxford University.Harré, R. (2006). Chapter 5: The Biopsychologists. Key thinkers in psychology (pp. 125-132). London: Sage.