MORRIS KATZ
(1932 - 2010)

   Morris Katz (born Moshe Katz on March 5, 1932 in Galicia, Poland) is a Jewish-American painter. At age 13 he studied under Dr. Hans
Fokler of the Munich Academy.  He moved to the United States in 1949, when he took a job in carpentry while maintaining a
sideline with his art.  He holds two Guinness World Records as the world's fastest painter and the world's most prolific artist. As of
February 2007, he had painted more than 280,000 paintings. He is considered the uncontested “world’s most prolific painter”.
   While working on his unpublished Dictionary of Color in 1956, he decided to try painting with his palette knife instead of his
brushes. After some time he also began experimenting with the use of rags; when he ran out of rags he turned to toilet tissue.  He has
been called the "King of Schlock Art" and the "King of Toilet Paper Art" because of this novel means of painting he developed using a
palette knife and toilet tissue instead of a paintbrush Toilet paper, he claims, is his "diploma in art." Over his long career, he has
established himself as a painter, comedian, and television personality.
   Katz describes his method as "Instant Art," as he has completed entire paintings in as little as 30 seconds. In a 1987 event to
benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Katz completed 103 paintings (selling 55 of them on the spot) in 12 hours. He is listed as a human
oddity in Ripley's Believe It Or Not because of his ability to paint full works of art in less than five minutes.
   Morris Katz, in his day,  could often be found painting on the streets of Greenwich Village, NY in and around the Washington Square
area.  His paintings, especially those of a pleasing subject matter, like landscapes, seascapes, or flowers have become quite
collectable and are predicted to only rise in value.  His paintings hang in some of the finest homes and museums in the world.  His
painting of Pope Paul VI has sold over 3 million copies internationally.  More than 100 museums around the globe own and have
exhibited his art, while the Smithsonian Institute has three of his paintings on display.

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Oil on Board

Artwork: 24" x 30"
Framed: 30" x 36"

$750 (
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Fitchburg, MA 01420